Coronavirus Outbreak: Royal Challengers Bangalore director of cricket Mike Hesson hopeful of IPL happening this year
Hesson, who has formerly coached New Zealand, said that the IPL was rightly put on hold in view of the unprecedented health crisis
Mumbai: Mike Hesson, Royal Challengers Banglore's director of cricket operations, is still hopeful of the IPL taking place this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic and said his franchise will be ready when it happens.
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.
"We're still really hopeful that things will evolve and there will be an IPL this year and if it happens, then I can assure you that RCB will be ready," an optimistic Hesson said on Star Sports show 'Cricket Connected'.
Hesson, who has formerly coached New Zealand, said that things were rightly put on hold in view of the unprecedented health crisis.
"We were obviously a week away from coming into camp, like everybody else, feeling well advanced in terms of our planning.
"Quite rightfully, everything has been put on hold and everybody is going about their work. There are obviously other priorities at the moment that people are focussing on," added the 45-year-old.
The pandemic has led to either cancellation or postponement of all sporting events, including the Tokyo Olympics.
The RCB, despite boasting some great players right from the inaugural season in 2008, are yet to win an IPL title.
While RCB will look to start afresh, CSK got a confidence-boosting 20-run win against defending champions Mumbai Indians on Sunday night.
Four-time winners Mumbai Indians, two-time champions Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and 2020 finalists Delhi Capitals were placed in the top-four when IPL was suspended in May due to COVID cases in its bio-bubble.
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