India opener and Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma on Thursday said Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 might happen at some stage when things settle down in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak.
Rohit Sharma and his daughter Samaira joined former England batsman Kevin Pietersen in a live Instagram chat on Thursday.
When Kevin Pietersen questioned Rohit Sharma on the chances of IPL 2020, the India batsman said: “Still looking forward, fingers crossed. At some stage, if things settle down, it should happen.
“We have got a few good additions to the squad like Chris Lynn, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile. Boult is a good buy on a pitch like Wankhede with the swinging ball, I was looking forward to that. Along with Bumrah, he would have made a good combination.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended IPL 2020 until April 15 amid the coronavirus pandemic that has led to a global health crisis.
The outbreak of Covid-19 that has infected more than 650 people and led to 16 loss of lives in India as of March 22 has disrupted normalcy across the globe. The pandemic has led to more than 21,300 deaths worldwide.
The global sporting calendar has taken a big hit due to the Covid-19 outbreak with some of the biggest sporting events, including the Tokyo Olympics, being either postponed or cancelled.
While the IPL franchises were expected to take part in a conference call to discuss the fate of the 13th edition of the cash-rich league, the Indian government’s decision to enforce a 21-day lockdown till mid April to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus has added to the uncertainty.