The novel coronavirus pandemic may have postponed or cancelled all sporting activities for the time being but former England captain Kevin Pietersen still hopes that the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) should take place the moment there is a window of opportunity. He also proposed a "condensed" league which can be played behind closed doors as the fans shouldn't be risked amid this situation and the sponsors will be happy too. The former star batsman expressed his views on Star Sports' show Cricket Connected.
"Let's say July/August is the earliest, I do truly believe the IPL should happen. I do believe it is the kick-start to the cricket season. I think every single player around the world is desperate to play the IPL," Kevin Pietersen said.
The much-awaited IPL is important not only for players and franchises but also for the people who work behind the scenes and several people are connected with this league.
He further added, "There could be a way in which to get some money into the franchises, into the economy by having a situation where you use maybe three venues which are completely closed to fans and the players can still go out and play the tournament in three weeks or in four weeks.
Earlier, the league was scheduled to begin on March 29 but has been postponed until April 15. However, seeing the current situation, the chances of the league taking place is near to impossible. Kevin further added that the IPL should take place the moment they get clearances from all the authorities on that matter since it's not only about the Mumbai Indians, or a Dhoni or a Virat Kohli, there are a lot of people who are making their livelihood through this league.
However, India are currently in 21-day lockdown nationwide and the decision on this matter can only be taken after this ends.
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