Kuldeep Yadav, Indian chinaman leg-spinner, has come up with a suggestion of holding Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament before the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, if it indeed goes ahead.
The 13th edition of the cash-rich league was supposed to take place between March 29- May 24 but the onslaught of the global pandemic that is the coronavirus [COVID-19] and the subsequent lockdown, the tournament was postponed for an indefinite period of time.
There have been reports that the tournament might be staged during the September-November window if the T20 World Cup is indeed postponed to a later date.
If that happens, Kuldeep Yadav thinks that the staging of Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy could be an ideal preparation for the players to get back into the T20 mode.
“I personally feel we can also play domestic T20s. We can organise the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy before the IPL and play that tournament. That’s a two-week tournament and it will help players get into the groove. Then we can go and play IPL. IPL is a big tournament and it will be a very good platform for all players after the pandemic,” Kuldeep Yadav told Times of India.
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“Franchises will start a 15- or 20-day camp ahead of the IPL”- Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav also reckoned that it will take at least 15-20 days for any player to get back into proper shape when they resume training.
“I really feel that it will take another 15 to 20 days to get into proper shape when we hit the field for training. We will need to check every aspect (of the game) when we hit the ground. Every part of the body should be in great shape. That’s why it will take at least 20 days to get into rhythm,” Kuldeep added.
The chinaman, who has been spending his time at home, watching his old videos, feels that the franchises will conduct a 15 or 20-day camp before the actual tournament gets underway.
“I also feel that franchises will start a 15- or 20-day camp ahead of the IPL. This will help players prepare perfectly for the IPL,” the Indian spinner said.