Former England international Kevin Pietersen believes the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) could very well happen during July-August this year. Reeling under the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) the sporting world has come to a grinding halt with no sporting events scheduled for the foreseeable future this year. Also Read - Nepal Airport Under Renovation Amid Coronavirus Lockdown
The IPL, originally scheduled for March 29, has also been postponed with BCCI hoping to organise the tournament in October-November this year, only if the World T20 in Australia – scheduled in the same time frame – is postponed for next year. Also Read - Bangladesh Govt Decides Not to Extend COVID-19 Shutdown
Expressing his views on Star Sports’ show – ‘Cricket Connected’, the 39-year-old said: “Let’s say July-August is the earliest, I do truly believe the IPL should happen. I do believe it should kick-start to the cricket season. I think every single player around the world is desperate to play the IPL.” Also Read - COVID-19 Cases Cross 1.6 Lakh-mark; Death Toll Above 4,600; Shah Speaks to CMs Over Lockdown Extension | Key Points
KP also felt the tournament will also help the board, organizers and franchises amid the crisis by pumping in the money in the market. “There could be a way in which to get some money into the franchises, into the economy by having a situation where you use maybe three venues which are completely closed to fans and the players can still go out and play the tournament in three weeks or in four weeks.”
He opined that the fans could very well enjoy the action from the comfort of their living rooms with the matches happening behind close doors during the time. “So it’s a more condensed tournament in three venues, which we know are safe, which we know are secure. I don’t think the fans need to be risked in this situation. I think the fans need to understand they can’t watch a live game at the moment and they might not be able to watch a live game for the foreseeable future. [But] what would you guys give right now, to watch Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings right now?” he pointed out.
IPL franchises, on their part, have decided that they will have the next meeting only after the government comes up with a fresh advisory on or after April 14.