Smith disappointed about IPL not being held in India
Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith feels that conditions in Dubai may be somewhat like the same in India and players need to adapt with it as soon as possible to be able to deliver in the IPL 2020. The Australian batsman also expressed his disappointment as IPL is not taking place in India , where it supposed to be.
‘‘Part of being a professional cricketer is that you need to adapt and conditions in Dubai may be the same like India. A couple of our players have played in the UAE in 2014 and have the experience. Yes, it’s hugely disappointing that it’s not taking place in India but it’s a decision to get the tournament up and running,’’ said the prolific Australian batman, while Speaking at a virtual interactive session following a private screening of the documentary.
Steve Smith feels that, it would be definitely not easy to come out of such a long break from the game.
‘‘The last time I played a competitive game was way back in February. However, the situation will be more or less the same for all teams and I can tell you that the players are jumping to get out of their skins to get some action,’’ he said.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking at a window from September 19 to November 8 for the 13th edition of the money-spinning IPL in the UAE. Meanwhile, International venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah are expected to host the matches.
Austrtalia are expected to play a series against England before the tournament. He was asked if the tour will help him and his ilk in preparation for the IPL, Smith said it would be a huge plus to play after a long time.
‘‘I will be playing against a few of my Rajasthan teammates in the series (the trio of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer) and hopefully, my teammates in England shouldn’t score too many runs or take too many wickets against us. They should rather reserve it for the IPL,’’ he said in zest.