If IPL does resume, I doubt it would be in India again: Neesham
India is fighting the second wave of coronavirus pandemic and it is the worst-ever health crisis in the last 70 years because the country witnessed 4 lakh cases daily with at least 4000 deaths on average.
Despite the coronavirus surge, IPL was allowed to operate as per the schedule. However, things did take a drastic turn after the virus breached the Indian bubble. The Board of Control for Cricket in India decided to postpone the tournament for an indefinite period of time.
Meanwhile, the BCCI is contemplating the September window to resume the remainder of the IPL fixtures. So far, 29 games have been staged across six venues in India. The remaining 31 fixtures are likely to happen by this year itself else BCCI would face a Rs 2,500 crore loss.
Meanwhile, New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham doesn’t reckon that there is any possibility of the remaining fixtures of IPL happening in India this year. The all-rounder has serious doubts whether India would be able to conduct the 16-team T20 World Cup later this year.
Both IPL and T20 World Cup are set to be re-scheduled to the UAE. “If it did start up again, I doubt the IPL would be in India again,” said Neesham told Newshub.
“I think we’ve already seen plans for the T20 World Cup to move out of India later in the year and they’re going to be ultra-cautious about that sort of thing,” said Neesham, who was playing for Mumbai Indians in the now-suspended league.