Pat Cummins Hopes IPL Can Go Ahead

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins hopes the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) can be played now also as it is now too late because of the coronavirus pandemic and he thinks the Twenty20 World Cup will go ahead as per schedule later this year.

However, Pat Cummins is IPL’s most expensive overseas player after the Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for a whopping $2.18 million in the players’ auction in December. His record-breaking auction will have to wait now, as the start of the much-awaited tournament, has been postponed until April 15 which was earlier scheduled for March 29.

“They obviously haven’t cancelled it or anything like that yet. It’s still a bit of a holding pattern so we’re in contact with our teams every few days,” Pat Cummins told reporters in a video conference on Friday. “Obviously everyone is still really keen for it to go ahead, but the priority is to minimise risk of (the virus) spreading. The last I spoke to (franchise officials), they said they’re still really confident and hopeful it (the IPL) will be on at some stage.”

He also felt that Australia were rather lucky that this came towards the end of their international season. However, he thinks the sports world would return to normal again before the Twenty20 World Cup in October-November and Australia’s home series against India as well.

“The World Cup is still six-seven months away, and the big India tour is still eight-nine months away. Lots of things can change,” he said. “The T20 World Cup is something we’ve spoken about for the best part of two or three years.”

The speedster further added, “The (ODI) World Cup in 2015, that was absolutely a career highlight for me and I wasn’t even playing in the final. I’d love to see that go ahead. That’s probably the big tournament this year for international cricket … I’d love for that to happen in a perfect world and if I was to be really greedy, I’d love for the IPL to happen as well.”

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