IPL 2020 should ‘kick-start the cricket season’ – Kevin Pietersen

With the COVID-19 pandemic locking the world down, cricket across the globe has been indefinitely stalled. Among the many high-profile ones to be affected is the 13th season of the IPL. Although the possibilities of the event going down this 12 months is more and more wanting bleak, Kevin Pietersen is hoping for it to occur, saying, “I do actually consider the IPL ought to occur”.

The competitors was slated to start on March 29, however has been deferred till April 15, however with the scenario not having modified considerably, the wait is more likely to proceed.

“For example July-August is the earliest, I do actually consider the IPL ought to occur,” Pietersen stated on Star Sports activities Cricket Linked. “I do consider it’s the kick-start to the cricket season. I believe each single participant world wide is determined to play the IPL.

“There might be a method during which to get some cash into the franchises, into the financial system by having a scenario the place you utilize perhaps three venues that are fully closed to followers and the gamers can nonetheless exit and play the event in three weeks or in 4 weeks.”

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A number of cricket matches in March, together with the first ODI between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney, passed off in empty stadia quickly after the outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Well being Organisation (WHO).

Pietersen instructed that as an choice for the IPL. “So it is a extra condensed event in three venues, which we all know are protected, which we all know are safe,” he stated. “I do not suppose the followers must be risked on this scenario. I believe the followers want to know they cannot watch a stay recreation in the mean time and they may not have the ability to watch a stay recreation for the foreseeable future. [But] what would you guys give proper now, to look at Mumbai Indians v Chennai Tremendous Kings proper now?”

Commentator and former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar agreed that the event ought to happen, saying that it was not simply necessary for gamers and franchises, but additionally for the individuals working behind the scenes.

“The second we get clearances from all of the authorities that matter, the IPL ought to occur,” he stated. “Solely as a result of it’s going to kickstart the financial system as a result of whenever you speak concerning the IPL it isn’t simply concerning the Mumbai Indians, or a [MS] Dhoni or a Virat Kohli, there are lots of people who’re making their livelihood via the IPL.”

Earlier, Manoj Badale, majority proprietor at Rajasthan Royals, had said {that a} “shortened” event could not be dominated out, however even that must be topic to collaboration between the BCCI and different cricket boards.

Star Sports activities Cricket Linked will air at 7pm on Saturday, April 4, 2020 in India


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