Australia’s pace spearhead Pat Cummins is still in favour of conducting the Indian Premier League this year. IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29 but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.
However, Australia’s ace pacer Cummins wants the IPL to be held but he has mentioned that minimising the COVID-19 virus risk should be the top-most priority. Cummins was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL 2020 auction for a record price of Rs.15.50 crore, making him the costliest player ever.
Pat Cummins Keen On IPL 2020 Going Ahead
Pat Cummins hinted that he doesn’t see the IPL getting underway anytime soon but said everyone is keen on getting back to action. Cummins also stressed that the priority at the moment should be minimising the risk of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
“They obviously haven’t cancelled it (IPL) or anything like that yet. It’s still a bit of a holding pattern,” Pat Cummins was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
“We’re in contact with our teams every few days. Obviously, everyone’s still really keen for it to all go ahead but you know the priority is to minimise risk of (coronavirus) spreading,” he added.
“I don’t expect anything too soon to happen. I mean obviously the preference would be to be over there playing but… I guess the silver lining is that we do get a bit of a break,” Cummins said.
Major Concerns Still Stand Firm Over IPL 2020 Future
With the coronavirus outbreak bringing the world to a standstill, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was postponed from March 29 to April 15. India is currently on a 21-day lockdown to combat the deadly virus.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now looking at the October-November window for the IPL. But the move can be possible only if the ICC decides to postpone the men’s T20 World Cup that is to be held later in the year, according to some sources in the board.