IPL 2020 Should Be Called Off If 'Covid-19 Threat' Remains: Harbhajan Singh

IPL 2020 Should Be Called Off If ‘Covid-19 Threat’ Remains: Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh (credits - IPL/BCCI)

Harbhajan Singh has aged like a fine wine. Once the flag-bearer of Indian spin bowling, the veteran is still eyeing to make a return for the national team, after having played his last international match in 2016. Away from the international circuit, Harbhajan Singh has plied his trade for two most successful teams in the IPL – Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) – and continues to be a regular in the lucrative tournament.

Nearing his 40s, Harbhajan Singh has never spoken about retirement, but the bright-eyed turbanator still has the thoughts of India comeback on his mind. He has played 160 matches in the IPL, picking up 150 wickets at an average of 26.44, with the best bowling figures of five for 18. He has picked up seven wickets in his last five IPL appearances for CSK.

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh to play for CSK in IPL 2018. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Harbhajan Singh: No issue if IPL is called off due to Covid-19 threat

Harbhajan Singh is currently a part of CSK franchise. He is also excited to play in IPL but not at the cost of lives. The veteran said if there is even one percent change of Covid-19 spreading then IPL 2020 should be called off. Adding, that saving lives is more important at this moment of time.

“I really want the IPL to happen but only when things are safe not just for me but for everybody associated with the tournament. There are about 200-300 people on the ground whenever a match is played and we need to take care of the safety of everybody present,” Harbhajan Singh said on Salaam Cricket 2000.

Harbhajan Singh, CSK
Harbhajan Singh says he is happy at CSK and doesn’t wish to leave the franchise anytime soon. Image Courtesy: BCCI

“Even if there is a 1% chance of the threat of spreading Covid-19 from one of us then IPL should be further postponed. It’s not an issue even if the IPL doesn’t happen this year. Saving lives is most important and if the virus spreads through the IPL then the tournament shouldn’t happen. If things are safe then it will be,” the veteran added.

Harbhajan has picked up 150 wickets in the lucrative tournament.