Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian opener and commentator, has opined that BCCI should look for conducting a shortened IPL this year in Sri Lanka. According to Gavaskar, the proposed T20 World Cup in October-November might also go ahead as planned since Australia have successfully flattened the CoViD-19 curve. With Australian government also announcing the entry of 25% percent crowd -maintaining social distance- a World T20 in October might well be on cards.
“After the announcement by the Australian government, there seems to be a possibility of conducting a World T20 in October. May be the teams will have to reach three weeks earlier, have seven days of practice games and also 14-day quarantine,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak.
“If ICC believes that World T20 can happen, then having IPL looks difficult because it could only be held if World T20 is postponed but after the announcement (by Australia PM Scott Morrison), IPL in October looks difficult,” he said.
Due to the mansoon season, an IPL in September looks a far possibility. However, Gavaskar believes that a shortened IPL, in September, may be in Sri Lanka or UAE can be the answer to all questions.
“September you can’t have IPL in India due to monsoon. But may be in Sri Lanka from early September with teams playing each other once instead of double header. May be you can think of that,” Gavaskar said.
Gavaskar also talked about Cricket being a different ball game after CoViD-19 as there will be no audience to cheer, no huddles to plan and no fist bumps to celebrate for some time now.
“Fans lift your game. The atmosphere is very different when they are present. Obviously players will lose out on that. Also they will be wary of a team huddle, also may be a fist bump after a good shot,” he added.
Gavaskar also sympathised towards the players, who are sweating it out for the marquee tournament, as the game comes to complete halt. “Dejection will be there. Youth are energetic lot and there is no outlet to spend that energy. How much exercise you do or spend time at the gymnasium, you want to play your sport – be it cricket, tennis or badminton,” he said.
“The smell of sweat is different and how to deal with it (frustration), I don’t have any answers. May be think about your game, watch videos, correct mistakes,” said the man with 34 Test hundreds.