New Delhi: The Indian Premier League will help spread positivity and change the mood of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who is hopeful that the glitzy T20 tournament will take place this year.
The coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 55 lakh people while causing 3.4 lakh deaths worldwide, has wreaked havoc globally, bringing the sporting community to a standstill.
The IPL, which was originally scheduled to be held from 29 March to 24 May, was indefinitely postponed by the BCCI due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in India and subsequent lockdown announced by the government to contain the fast-spreading disease.
"It's very important that some sports return to improve the environment and mood. It will have a huge impact if the IPL returns," Dhawan said during an Instagram chat with Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews.
"We have to take care of the security of everyone so we need to be very careful. If it happens, it will be really good for us as it brings a lot of positivity that can be spread all over the world as a lot of people watch it," he added.
There is speculation that the 13th IPL might be conducted in October-November if the T20 World Cup in Australia is postponed.
"Hopefully, the IPL will happen. I always think in a positive manner. It will be really good if the tournament goes ahead," he added.
Cricket boards across the world are working out ways of resuming the game, which includes matches being held behind closed doors without spectators.
"We are going to miss playing in front of a huge crowd if tournaments take place behind closed doors," Dhawan said.
"The fans bring their own charm and aura, but at the same time, it would be an opportunity as we have been sitting at our homes for two-three months now.
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The CSK official said Hussey would have to wait for a COVID-19 negative report to be able to leave the country.
But now, that bubble has burst. The tournament needs to come to a stop now as the players and the people running it are at a huge risk. And BCCI must act quickly. Nothing is bigger than human life. Cricket, definitely not.
Rajasthan Royals owner Manoj Badale feels hosting the remaining games of the season will be a "real challenge" given the strain of a packed calendar among other factors.