Monday, 03 August, 2020

IPL 2020: BCCI likely to postpone final from November 8 to 10

Between two IPLs a relationship blossomed Disappointing that IPL is not in India, says Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith
Cary Erickson | 01 August, 2020, 09:23

While announcing the dates of the IPL, its chairman Brijesh Patel had told PTI that the decision on letting in fans during the September 19-November 8 event will be taken by the UAE government.

The 13th edition of the league, which was postponed due to coronavirus pandemic in March, will now take place in the UAE later this year.

Australia will resume their global calendar with a white-ball series against England and Smith said that nothing better than getting to play some quality cricket after almost seven months. "We would have absolutely loved to play there". One section believes that the number of players should be limited so that it is to prepare the bio-secure bubble in UAE and the logistics will be easier to handle. Conditions in Dubai can be similar to India (in terms of heat and humidity). It's about adapting on the run. Asked how the New South Welshman would be approaching the T20 league, Smith said: "Part of being a professional cricketer is to adapt to any condition you are faced with and that is going to be the clear message from me and the coaching staff". BCCI will like to strike a chord with Cricket South Africa and find out a solution for the nine contracted Proteas players. The IPL was there in 2014, so a lot of people have played there before. Guys are trying to get their cricket back. While Smith is sincerely hoping that Stokes doesn't bring in his A game during Australia's white ball series in England, he wouldn't mind one bit if Stokes saves his best in the Royals jersey during upcoming IPL in the UAE. Given that an IPL squad generally consists of 25-28 players and 10-15 support staff other than the executives, the franchisees might consider trimming the squad before leaving.

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"It will be great to be able to play good competitive cricket against a quality England outfit and also against a few Royals teammates. He bowled beautifully and got some wickets as well", Smith said.

Be it AB de Villiers for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kagiso Rabada for Delhi Capitals, Faf du Plessis for Chennai Super Kings or Quinton de Kock for Mumbai Indians, some of the prime stars in the Indian Premier League (IPL) hail from South Africa. "He is a great leader and I enjoyed playing under him", said the 18-year-old from Assam.

"I admire how Smudge backed all the bowlers, especially young players like me".