India's swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma on Thursday said the Indian Premier League can wait till the country overcomes the crisis arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this month, the IPL was postponed till 15 April but with the 21-day nationwide lockdown in place, the future of the cash-rich event's 13th edition looks grim.
"We should first think about the country. The situation needs to get better first then we can talk about the IPL. Let life get back to normal first," Rohit said.
The opener was responding to questions during an Instagram chat with teammate Yuzvendra Chahal.
India has so far recorded nearly 700 positive cases of coronavirus besides 16 deaths. Globally, the death toll has crossed 22000 while infecting lakhs of people.
Thanks to the lockdown, all the Indian metropolis look deserted. "I haven't seen Bombay like this before. As cricketers, we don't get time with family. So much of tours and cricket is there. This is a time to spend with them and loads of it," said Rohit.
The vice-captain of India's limited-overs squads leads Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
Rohit was rested for India's home series against South Africa which got cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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Wadia feels IPL is a much tougher challenge logistically compared to a bilateral series and crowds can be avoided at least initially due to safety concerns.
The BCCI is looking at four to five venues for holding the next edition of the IPL with Mumbai as a single host not looking feasible anymore following a surge in COVID-19 cases in and around the city.