IPL 2020: Pat Cummins says he is 'super hopeful' tournament will go ahead this year despite COVID-19

Cumminssays getting the IPL underway would also be an important illustration of the world returning to normal after the pandemic.

Reuters, Apr 10, 2020 09:52:03 IST

Australian pace bowler Pat Cummins is “super hopeful” that the Indian Premier League (IPL) will go ahead this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic, even if it means matches are initially played in empty stadiums.

The start of the Twenty20 tournament, originally scheduled for 29 March, has been deferred to 15 April and another postponement looks inevitable as India locks down to prevent the spread of the virus.

IPL 2020: Pat Cummins says he is super hopeful tournament will go ahead this year despite COVID-19

Pat Cummins (right). AP

Cummins has good reason to want the IPL to get underway having attracted a bid of $2.18 million from the Kolkata Knight Riders in the competition’s annual auction, a record for a non-Indian player.

The ICC Test player of the year, however, says getting the league underway would also be an important illustration of the world returning to normal after the pandemic.

“The first priority is safety but the second one is getting back to normality, finding that balance,” the 26-year-old, named one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year on Wednesday, told the BBC.

“If that unfortunately means no crowds for a while, then that is that, but hopefully people can watch at home on TV.”

Cummins said playing the IPL behind closed doors would have a “totally different feel about it”.

“When people ask about the difference between playing cricket in India the first thing is the crowd,” he added.

“They scream every single ball whether it’s a six or a wicket - it’s the same noise every ball - so that atmosphere is something that we love about playing in India.

“It will be missed in the short term if it can’t happen, but I have no doubt it will be a great event even if it has to be played without crowds.”

Cummins, who last bowled a ball in anger almost a month ago, faces a long wait for his next taste of international action after Australia’s June test tour of Bangladesh was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Updated Date: Apr 10, 2020 09:52:03 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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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
6 Sri Lanka 4191 91
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
6 New Zealand 7114 245