The dilemma over IPL 2020 and its future has dominated the news feed in Cricket World from the last month and so. The marquee tournament which was all set to get rolling from 29th March has been now postponed till 15th April at least amid the COVID-19 attack.
As whole of the world eagerly wait for the thing to improve and resume, former Australian player turned coach, Dev Whatmore, has opined that BCCI should go ahead with the idea of organising the IPL 2020 and even if it is a truncated IPL, it will do a world of good in the time of crisis.
At the time when the whole world is fighting the deadly pandemic, a tournament like IPL will help in bringing back smiles on the faces of people.
In a recent interview “Keeping in mind the situation and the need to come out of it, I think a shortened IPL is possible. Once the situation improves, one must give it a try,’’ said Dev Whatmore.
The Australian, who recently ended his three-year stint with the Kerala Cricket Association (KSCA), is also hopeful of Cricket Australia allowing its players to take part in the prestigious league if it takes place.
“Cricket Australia will give them permission to play. If not, at least make it optional for players to make their own mind and play,” added Dev Whatmore.
Recently, the likes of Sanjay Manjrekar and Kevin Pietersen also advocated a truncated IPL. While Pietersen proposed the concept of limited venues (three or four) and a shorter IPL behind the closed doors. Sanjay Manjrekar gave his view on the importance of organising a tournament like IPL just after the crisis ends. In Manjrekar’s opinion the IPL will not only kick start the economy but also help the people who are making their livelihood through the IPL.