Amid the coronavirus crisis, the road map for the T20 World Cup is under discussion, however, India leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal feels Indian Premier League (IPL) should be played before any series or tournament so that player could get time to get back in form after such long time off the field.
The T20 World Cup is scheduled for October but the International Cricket Council (ICC) is discussing the contingency plans for the event in Australia after the coronavirus brought the world to a standstill.
“It would be the best option to resume with IPL as it will be played for over 2 months. So everyone will get time to prepare themselves. In my opinion, it would be better to resume cricket with IPL than with any series,” Chahal told in an interview with Sports Tak.
In the recent ICC chief executives’ committee, no final decision was taken on T20 World Cup dates but it’s becoming increasingly clear that the tournament may be moved to Feb-March 2021.
However, whenever cricket resumes the sport is expected to look a little different as there is a large possibility that for some period of time the matches will be held in empty stadiums. Also, there are discussions on allowing the use of external substances to polish the ball to do away with one of cricket’s oldest practices, which is using saliva to shine the ball.
When asked about no using saliva to shine the ball, Chahal said that would make the game turn in batsmen’s favour.
“It will have an impact on drift and swing on the ball. So, in the end, it will become easier for batsmen,” the leggie said.
“So another rule should be added then that if a batsman hits a six then he himself will have to bring back the ball,” Chahal said jokingly.
The coronavirus has also wreaked havoc in India forcing the country to go under complete lockdown that will last until May 3. Sports events across the world have also been either suspended and canceled in this time and players are confined to their homes.
Chahal said the lockdown was difficult for him for the initial 2 weeks but now he is trying to take positives from this situation.
“In 20 years of cricket career, this is the first time that I am not being able to do anything. But you can take it positively also that it will make you mentally stronger. It was difficult for me in the initial two days because I haven’t stayed at home for so long.”