Saturday, May 22: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha thinks that it will be a little difficult to resume this 14th season of IPL as overseas players are not likely to return. After many players and support staff were being tested positive by the coronavirus despite living in the bio-secure bubble, BCCI had postponed this season of IPL-2021and also working to carve out a window for the 31 remaining matches.
Assuming overseas players not likely to return and the tournament will resume without the foreign players, Saha evaluates the league will be like an enhanced version of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Talking to Sportskeeda, Saha said, “Majority of the foreigners are from Australia, England, and the West Indies. So I personally feel the resumption of the league this year is doubtful. Without the overseas players, IPL will just be an enhanced version of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.”
There were many media reports claimed that the BCCI wants ECB to prepone the Test series by a week to ensure an early finish to India’s UK tour and thus giving the cricket board more time to host the remaining IPL matches. But ECB denied that claim and will go ahead with the original schedule.
Indian Test squad is in Mumbai in the bio-secure bubble and from Mumbai, they will be leaving for the UK in the first week of June. From June 18, they will be playing against New Zealand in the final of the ICC World Test Championship while after the WTC final they’ll be playing against England in a five-match series from 4th August.