IPL 2020 was scheduled from March 29 but due to the spread of the coronavirus, the season has been suspended until at least mid-April.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forced locking down the world, cricket around the globe has been precisely affected by the spread of the deadly virus. After the suspension of big leagues of football in Europe, forced suspension of Pakistan Super League, and now Among the high-profile ones to be affected is IPL 2020 season. Though the chances of the tournament taking place this year are increasingly looking bleak, the former English talisman Kevin Pietersen hopes for it to kick start, saying, “I do truly believe the IPL should happen”.
The 13th edition of the IPL was expected to start from March 29 but has been suspended until at least mid-April by the spread of NCOVID-19.
The English striker of the ball says, he is hoping for IPL 2020 to start.
“Let’s say July-August is the earliest, I do truly believe the IPL should happen,” Pietersen said on Star Sports Cricket Connected. “I do believe it is the kick-start to the cricket season. I think every single player around the world is desperate to play the IPL.”
“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 four weeks.”
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To date, many matches of cricket have been affected by the COVID-19; including the first ODI between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney, which took place behind closed doors on after the Virus-outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Pietersen suggested that as an option for IPL 2020. “So it’s a more condensed tournament in three venues, which we know are safe, which we know are secure,” he further said. “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?”
In India, former players are commentators not ruling out ‘shortened’ IPL 2020 season.