Cricket

Coronavirus Outbreak: Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman optimistic of IPL happening this year, even without spectators

It is not official yet but there is speculation that the BCCI wants to hold the IPL in the October window after the tournament was postponed indefinitely earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman optimistic of IPL happening this year, even without spectators

New Delhi: Former India captain and Kings XI Punjab head coach Anil Kumble is hopeful of the IPL happening this year and is not averse to the idea of conducting the cash-rich event without spectators due to the COVID-19 threat.

It is not official yet but there is speculation that the BCCI wants to hold the IPL in the October window after the tournament was postponed indefinitely earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

File photo of Anil Kumble. PTI

File photo of Anil Kumble. PTI

“Yes we are hopeful and optimistic that there is still a possibility (to hold IPL this year) if we can cram in the schedule,” Kumble was quoted as saying by Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.

“If we are going to have a stadium without spectators, then probably have 3 or 4 venues; there’s still a possibility, we are all optimistic,” said the former spinner, who is also the chairman of ICC’s Cricket Committee.

Former India batsman VVS Laxman said the stakeholders can stage the league in cities which have multiple stadia to reduce travelling by players.

“Absolutely (there is chance to hold IPL this year), and also make sure that all the stakeholders have a say,” he said.

“…you should identify one venue, which probably has 3 or 4 grounds; if at all you find that kind of a venue because travel is again going to be quite challenging,” said the former stylish batsman.

“You don’t know who’s going to be where at the airports, so that I’m sure the franchises and the BCCI will be looking into.”

Updated Date: May 28, 2020 12:25:51 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Explained: How the Supreme Court ruling is a relief for Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah and what it means for BCCI
First Cricket News

Explained: How the Supreme Court ruling is a relief for Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah and what it means for BCCI

Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah can continue in their roles within the BCCI after Supreme Court allowed amendment to the cricket board's constitution.

Sourav Ganguly all set to continue as BCCI president for another term after SC accepts amendment to board's constitution
First Cricket News

Sourav Ganguly all set to continue as BCCI president for another term after SC accepts amendment to board's constitution

Supreme court do away with the three-year cooling-off period; allowing Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah a shot at six-year tenure (two terms of three years each) at a stretch as BCCI president and secretary respectively

Explained: What is an impact player — the new rule introduced in domestic cricket
First Cricket News

Explained: What is an impact player — the new rule introduced in domestic cricket

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have introduced the ‘Impact Player’ rule in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, the domestic T20 competition.