Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes that the Indian Premier League could be held in Sri Lanka in early September this year as Australia have strengthened their chances of hosting the T20 World Cup in October after being overcome by the Coronavirus epidemic.
The former India captain believes that the Australian government has announced that 25 per cent of the spectators at the sporting events can come, making the T20 World Cup in October more likely than the IPL. Speaking to a Hindi news channel, Gavaskar said, “After the announcement of the Australian Government, there is a possibility of a T20 World Cup in October. Teams may have to arrive three weeks early and have seven days to practice. A 14-day quarantine is also possible. ‘
He said, “If the ICC feels that the T20 World Cup is possible, then it is difficult to have an IPL because it was only possible when the T20 World Cup was postponed.” Following the announcement by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, it is now difficult to have an IPL. He, however, said that there could be a shorter IPL in Sri Lanka or UAE in September.
Gavaskar said, “India cannot have IPL due to monsoon in September. It is possible in Sri Lanka in early September and teams can play one match each instead of playing two matches against each other. He said cricket would be a different experience after the Corona epidemic. Especially when there will be no spectators in the stadiums. The atmosphere is different in the presence of the audience. Players will not enjoy that. Apart from this, players will not be able to hug each other.
Gavaskar expressed sympathy to the players who were preparing to represent their skills in the IPL. He said, ‘It will hurt. Whatever time you spend in the gym, but in the end, you want to play on the field.