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Anshuman Gaekwad thinks IPL can happen if T20 World Cup is cancelled

21 May, 2020
Anshuman Gaekwad thinks IPL can happen if T20 World Cup is cancelled
21 May, 2020 By Editor

With no respite in sight from COVID-19 right now, the possibility of World T20 happening looks bleak. BCCI apex council member Anshuman Gaekwad feels that the tournament may not be held this year. It’s noteworthy that the host country Australia along with most of the participating nations are under lockdown due to the pandemic.

Gaekwad added that the cricketers will have to gather their mental strength to deal with the uncertainty that the pandemic has caused.

“I have my doubts that T20 WC will be held this year. About IPL, we cannot think of just now. It will depend on Indian conditions and the window is only during this T20 WC which is October-November,” Gaekwad told PTI-Bhasha.

“If the World Cup gets canceled or postponed, then only IPL can happen but then also it depends on what the conditions are in India,” he further added.

Former India cricketer and coach, Gaekwad is also of the view that it will be a completely new life once the world has conquered the virus and the players will have to adapt mentally.

“Cricket is not going to be the same, the approach would be different. There will be no crowd in the stadiums. Cricketers are not used to play in empty stadiums. It will be one very difficult aspect of playing a new type of cricket.”

Gaekwad also thinks that it might take four months for cricket to resume. “It may take another two months or four months or more to resume cricket. It is not theory that you can read and write. You have to perform so nothing is going to be easy."

“If you are not mentally strong, it will not be easy,” he reiterated.