Sachin Tendulkar said the chances of IPL 2020 happening would depend on how sincerely the Indian citizens abide by the Covid-19 guidelines. After the lockdown restrictions were relaxed in India, the cases the situation hs been deteriorating with a calamitous jump in infections.
Former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. (India Today Photo)
- Sachin Tendulkar said he is extremely happy to see cricket resuming in England
- Talking about the T20 World Cup, Tendulkar said the fate of the tournament would be decided by Cricket Australia
- ICC had said it will wait for another month before taking a call on the T20 World Cup
Asked about the fate of IPL amid the worsening situation of the coronavirus in India, legendary India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said the chances of the tournament happening in India would depend on whether the citizens would abide by the restriction guidelines or not.
The BCCI had put the IPL 2020 on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide, saying it will access the situation in the country and would take a decision accordingly, However, after the lockdown restrictions were relaxed in India, the cases the situation hs been deteriorating with a calamitous jump in infections.
“It all depends on how much discipline we show as citizens. If we show good discipline and follow the guidelines properly then chances of it (IPL happening this year) will increase,” Tendulkar said on Salaam Cricket 2020.
“But some people haven’t followed the rules, that problem will go on. Only because some people have decided to live life differently. If the IPL does happen this year then it will be a lot of fun..”
The fate of T20 World Cup 2020 also remains undecided due to the pandemic. The ICC had said it will wait for another month before taking a call on the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November.
Talking about the tournament, Tendulkar said, “The Australian board has to decide whether they will be able to hold the T20 World Cup or not. The decision will be tough for Cricket Australia but cricket is restarting, I cannot be more happier.”
Cricket will return to action next month when West Indies will play England in a 3-match Test series. The visiting side has already landed in England and is under quarantine.
Tendulkar said he is excited to see cricket resuming in England and hoped for everything to get better.
“The England and West Indies are going to play Test cricket. Slowly but surely cricket is coming back on track so that is a good thing.”