BCCI apex council member Anshuman Gaekwad on Wednesday (May 20) said this year’s T20 World Cup seems unlikely to travel ahead, making space for the currently suspended IPL on the calendar counting on the COVID-19 situation in India.
The former India coach said cricketers will need to gather all their mental strength to deal with the uncertainty that the pandemic has caused. “I have my doubts that T20 WC is going to be held this year. About IPL, we cannot think of just now. It will depend on Indian conditions and the window is mere during this T20 WC which is October-November,” Gaekwad told PTI.
“If the planet Cup gets cancelled or postponed, then only IPL can happen on the other hand also it depends on what the conditions are in India,” he said. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju allows sports federations to host events in stadiums.
Gaekwad feels that it’ll be a totally new life once the virus is tamed and players have to be mentally strong to adapt. The virus has infected quite 50 lakh people across the world and over 3.25 lakh have died. In India, the case tally has crossed one lakh and over three thousand people have died from the disease.
Gaekwad also said cricket might resume after at least four months. “It may take another two months or four months or more to resume cricket. It is not a theory that you can read and write. You have to perform so nothing is going to be easy,” he said. “If you are not mentally
strong, it’ll not be easy,” the previous player added.