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“Playing IPL 2020 ahead of T20 World Cup, is beneficial” – Wasim Jaffer

There is so much speculation around the world regarding hosting of t20 world cup, playing IPL, when and where to host the tournaments. In these rumors, former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer has his own thoughts as he suggests to host Indian Premier League first rather than playing ICC twenty20 world cup.

In an interview to timesnow, Jaffer said that players would be beneficial a lot if they play iPL 2020 before contesting in world cup. The reason he gave was players would need to get habitat of playing with new conditions like playing without crowds, not using saliva on ball and so on.

Wasim Jaffer
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“Playing the IPL first will be more logical than the World T20. IPL will also get the players to accustom to conditions and get their game back. On the other hand, playing a marquee tournament straightaway will only add to the pressure after the break. (In IPL) The crowds won’t be there as well even though the pandemic might have neared its conclusion.,” Jaffer said.

Wasim who played 31 tests for India, has said that traveling will be a crucial factor in upcoming months for cricketers. If IPL-13 takes place, players will have to travel different cities to play matches. Hence a short IPL will work for the players and it would be great if 3-4 venues host the showpiece t20 league.

Sri Lanka have shown interest already that they’re keen to host Vivo IPL 2020 meanwhile there are reports that UAE could also organize the gala event. So it will be interesting to where it is played but it is confirmed that players will have to go through different scenarios than before ever.

“Talking further about the IPL 2020, travel will also be a factor. To minimise it, we might see the league being played in only 3-4 venues with a reduction in the number of matches. (On IPL being held outside) See, it would be ideal if IPL 13 happens in India but it can happen somewhere in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, or whichever country is safer by the time the tournament is given a green signal. A lot will depend on what and how the situation is in India at that time. However, if there is a risk, we might see it elsewhere too.”

Indian cricket team to tour Australia this year for four tests and Jaffer said that it would be cracker for fans as both teams are sold. Indian team played some top class cricket over the years in longest format of the game meanwhile Australia have got tremendous batting lineup that includes Smith, Warner and Labuschange.

“I think it will be a very well-fought series. I don’t think it will be easy in Australia. Not saying that we won it very easily last time in 2018-19. However, this time they will have Steve Smith, David Warner and Marnus Labuschange has emerged as a batsman. Their bowling is already very good. So, it won’t be easy for India,” Wasim quoted.

“It is important that we get adequate time to prepare and fine-tune our skills to be ready for Test cricket, that too Down Under. Being the No. 1 Test team that we are (India has, however, slipped to No. 2 in the ICC Test Rankings recently), we will be eager to prove our worth once again.”

India slipped to ICC test rankings from the top and Virat Kohli side will look to get their place once again by doing wonders in Australia. On 2018-19 tour, India defeated Australia on their home soil and can do it on this 2020-21 tour as well.

“See, we all know any Australian tour is never be easy, irrespective of the previous tour’s results. They are known to impose their dominance over any team. They will be twice as hard than before as India became the first Asian team to win a Test series on their soil.”

“However, by the time the series will start, we will be mentally prepared how to tackle all this. Even as spectators we know, this will happen (talking about the fierce contest). Similarly, players will also be well equipped to counter their aggression or ruthlessness.”