Pat Cummins, Australian pace spearhead and the No.1 ranked Test bowler in the world, has said that he is waiting for a decision either way regarding the T20 World Cup so that the possibility of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League gets clear.
The BCCI is doing everything in its powers to stage the 13th edition of the cash-rich league between September-November window. The apex cricketing body in the country has already zeroed in on the September 26- November 08 window to stage the IPL and is waiting for a final decision by the ICC regarding the T20 World Cup.
The ICC has deferred that decision till its next meeting with member boards in July.
“For sure, I’m really excited to hear that the IPL is planned to go ahead. We are obviously waiting for confirmation either way regarding the T20 World Cup. This may provide a window where we can play the IPL, so let’s see what the next few weeks bring us,” Pat Cummins told Sportstar.
“I’m sure we’ll be fine”- Pat Cummins on the absence of crowd
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, International cricket might be played without the presence of fans in the stadium. But Cummins is not too bothered about it as he thinks it is not the only thing that motivates a player.
“I wouldn’t go that far, it will just require players to find other ways to motivate themselves other than just riding off the crowd. But the crowd are normally just one aspect of our motivation, I’m sure we’ll be fine,” Pat Cummins reckoned.
Pat Cummins, who was bought for a massive Rs 15.5 Crore in the IPL auctions, said that he has started light training and is working towards a gradual transition to achieving peak bowling fitness.
“We aren’t scheduled to play Test matches until November so most likely our first couple of tours back will be white-ball cricket, which is a bit easier physically to be ready for. Despite this, we started light bowling last week and will spend the next couple of months to build up,” he said.