With future of IPL‘s 13th season still in the limbo, Chennai Super Kings offspinner Harbhajan Singh has said that the league should only get underway when situation gets completely normal. Also Read - Working From Office in Lockdown 5.0? Follow These Guidelines
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IPL was to get underway from March 29 but has been suspended till April 15 with India currently in the midst of a 21-day lockdown period.
“A lot of lives are on line so we should organise IPL when everything is fine,” Harbhajan said on Star Sports.
The highly contagious coronavirus has infected over 1.2 million people globally and Harbahajan says while the vibe will definitely be missing, he won’t mind playing in empty stadiums if it’s the case.
“Spectators are important, but if the situation arises, I don’t mind playing without them. Yes, as a player I won’t get the vibe, but this will ensure that every fan will get to watch IPL on their TV,” he said.
“We will have to be cautious about everything and should prioritise players’ safety by ensuring that the match venues, team hotels, flights are properly sanitized,” he added.
Harbhajan, who has played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20Is, was looking forward to get back on the field with his last competitive match being the 2019 IPL final.
“I miss matches the most, was hoping that I would get to play 17 matches (including finals) after a year’s gap. I miss our visits to the ground, the hordes of fans waiting to greet us, the bikes that used to ride along our bus and am sure that every fan is missing this as well,” he said.
The 39-year-old though is keeping himself fit should IPL be held this year. “I hope that IPL happens soon, till then I will keep myself fit,” he said.