Even after a month of complete hara-kiri, the World is still under the threat of COVID-19 pandemic. Medics and scientists the world over are still trying their best to make the antidote for the deadly disease. The Virus originated form Wuhan city of China has contaminated over 203 countries across the world. The Virus has infected over 1.1 million people world-wide with death toll crossing 66,000 till now. Almost whole of the world has been locked down and people have confined themselves in their houses.
With the lockdown all the international activities, flights and sports have also been cancelled till the situation improves significantly. The IPL 2020 which was all set to get rolling from 29th March has also been postponed till 15th April at least amid the COVID-19 attack.
As whole of the world eagerly wait for the action to resume, everyone has set his eyes on the BCCI’s meeting just after the lockdown. Whatever the outcome of the meeting, but former England Captain Kevin Pietersen believes that IPL must be played as the first tournament whenever the action resumes.
In a talk on Star Sports Cricket Connected, Pietersen said, “Let’s say July-August is the earliest, I do truly believe the IPL should happen. 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.”
Pietersen also advocated the concept of limited venues (three or four) and a shorter IPL behind the closed doors. “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. 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?” added Pietersen.