IPL 2020: Ashish Nehra believes tournament '100 percent possible' if normalcy returns by October

"If things go back to normal around the world by October, we'll have a 100 percent clearance," Nehra reckoned.

Press Trust of India, Apr 08, 2020 11:56:38 IST

New Delhi: Former India left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra believes there is a possibility of the IPL taking place in the last quarter of the year, provided the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control worldwide by the month of October.

The IPL 2020, which was scheduled to be played from 29 March, has been suspended till 15 April with no clarity yet on whether it would go ahead at all.

IPL 2020: Ashish Nehra believes tournament 100 percent possible if normalcy returns by October

File image of Indian pacer Ashish Nehra. Solaris Images

"Even if the IPL doesn't happen in August, (because) there are a lot of places in India that witness rains during that month and there are high chances that lots of matches will get cancelled," Nehra said on Star Sports 1 Hindi show 'Cricket Connected'.

"If things go back to normal around the world by October, we'll have a 100 percent clearance," he reckoned.

With the spike in coronavirus cases and deaths showing no signs of relenting across the world, there are slim chances of the IPL happening this year.

The deadly contagion has claimed nearly 150 Indian lives apart from causing more than 80,000 global deaths that have forced countries, including India, to go under lockdown in their bid to flatten the curve.

Meanwhile, Nehra feels former star all-aounder Yuvraj Singh has always excelled while playing under Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy.

"Yuvraj has played well under MS Dhoni, as far as I have seen Yuvraj's career, the way he has batted in 2007 and 2008 onwards it has been impeccable and in 2011 we saw how he braved his sickness and played brilliantly under Dhoni.

"I feel every player has their own choice of a favourite captain when they play for 16 years and Yuvraj played well under Dhoni according to me," he said.

Updated Date: Apr 08, 2020 11:56:38 IST



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IPL 2020 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Chennai
0 0 0 0 0
2
Delhi
0 0 0 0 0
3
Kolkata
0 0 0 0 0
4
Punjab
0 0 0 0 0
5
Mumbai
0 0 0 0 0
6
Bangalore
0 0 0 0 0
7
Rajasthan
0 0 0 0 0
8
Hyderabad
0 0 0 0 0
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2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
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3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
6 New Zealand 7114 245