Smith shows interest to play IPL if WC is postponed
The T20 World Cup in Australia in October this year may be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Although the boards have taken the initiative to return to bilateral or domestic cricket at this time, the organizers find it difficult to host the T20 World Cup with 16 teams.
In that case, after the T20 World Cup in India in 2021, the postponed World Cup may be in 2022.
If the T20 World Cup is postponed, the franchise-based T20 League Indian Premier League (IPL) could be held in October-November. If domestic cricket was played in Australia at that time, Steve Smith would have missed some of it and wanted to play in the IPL.
“I think when you’re playing for your country at a World Cup, that’s the pinnacle for one-day or T20 cricket, so of course I’d prefer to play in that. But if that doesn’t happen and the IPL’s there, and they postpone it, then so be it. IPL’s also a terrific tournament as a domestic tournament.
“So that’s out of everyone’s control at the moment, players are just doing what we’re told and going where we need to go and playing whatever’s on at that stage.”
“As far as I know, there’s been some discussion about it,” Smith said of hosting the World Cup on home soil. “What is going to happen will be decided soon. Of course, I’m not thinking much about the World Cup right now. If the situation remains the same then cricket thinking is irrelevant.”
Smith will lead the Rajasthan Royals in the next edition of the IPL. He could not play in the 2018 IPL season as he was banned for ball-tampering during the tour of South Africa. He played in the IPL next season but was not given the captaincy role at first. However, next season, one of the best batsmen in the world will be seen in the lead again.