Pietersen wants three-week IPL in three different venues
The coronavirus epidemic has stalled or terminated many global sports competitions. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still trying to find ways to take the Indian Premier League (IPL) into the field this year.
According to the original fixture, the 13th edition of the IPL was supposed to start on March 29. But before that, the coronavirus broke out and it was suspended by the BCCI. But it is also true that BCCI and franchisees are still hoping that the IPL will somehow happen. And that’s why the wait is likely, at least until April 15th.
Former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen is a big fan of IPL. He thinks the IPL should somehow be happened, “We can say July-August is a bit earlier. But I really believe the IPL should be happened. I also believe that IPL should be the starting fuel for the season. Every cricketer around the world is desperate to play IPL.”
The former England captain, who has outlined how the IPL could be happened in spite of coronavirus risks, said: “We need to find a way for the franchisees to see how the money will come and how it can be added to the entire economy. In this situation, I think the tournament can be played in just three venues in three or four weeks. The venue will be completely closed for the visitors.”
Pietersen thinks watching IPL on television by the audience at this critical moment is a good solution,
“Viewers should understand that it is not possible to watch the game directly on the field at the moment. In the very near future, this does not seem likely. You can still watch the Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings this time, don’t you?”
BCCI, however, is now looking at the October-November time for the IPL. But that will be possible only when the International Cricket Council (ICC) decides to postpone the scheduled Twenty20 World Cup in Australia. The IPL franchises have decided that they will meet at a later meeting on or after April 15, subject to any new government directives.