Michael Vaughan proposes five-week IPL 2020: Former English captain has suggested an interesting idea regarding IPL 2020.
The novel COVID-19 pandemic providing no respite has given rise to questions regarding the 13th season of the Indian Premier League. Originally scheduled to commence on March 29, IPL 2020 was delayed in the wake of coronavirus scare.
On being recently asked about the revised starting date of the cash-rich league, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had pointed out “no change in the situation” as a reason behind him not being able to provide a concrete answer.
As expected, the situation has further invited multiple reports which range from IPL 2020 expected to get canceled to its starting date delaying to September-October to October-November. With the October-November window currently with the ICC T20 World Cup, a report indicates its postponement as well.
Michael Vaughan proposes five-week IPL 2020
Rajasthan Royals co-owner Manoj Badale became perhaps the first owner to comment on the future of the tournament when he hinted a “shorter” IPL 2020 as the last possible option.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has opined on similar lines on his Twitter account. The 45-year old believes that both IPL 2020 and T20 World Cup are “important” for the game and that the former can be an apt warm-up for the latter.
Vaughan’s tweet came as a response to Australian journalist Peter Lalor who hinted at the world event getting postponed as an aftermath of coronavirus and, in turn, getting replaced by IPL 2020.
Here’s a thought.
T20 World Cup in Oz abandoned because of obvious difficulties with players flying in. Quarantines etc. BCCI swoops and plays IPL in that Oct-Nov window. CA will let players compete knowing it needs India to tour in summer. What do you think?
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) April 2, 2020
Here’s a thought .. The IPL is played for the 5 weeks leading up to the T20 World Cup in Oz .. all players use it as the great warm up for the WC .. then the WC happens .. So important for the game that the IPL takes place but also the WC .. 👍👍 https://t.co/ftKA4c5JWv
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 2, 2020
BCCI official remains positive
In a recent interaction with PTI, a senior BCCI official talked about how conducting the IPL in September will have its own challenges. It is worth mentioning that the Asia Cup is also scheduled to take place during the same window this year. Furthermore, the official also hoped at the situation regarding coronavirus to improve in the near future.
“September is the time when there is monsoon in India. Mumbai will be underwater, there could be steady rain in Chennai. It is a decision that can’t be taken that lightly.
“You don’t know the situation tomorrow. Let there be a sign that the curve is flattening and normalcy can return. That’s when you start discussing options,” ,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI.