Gautam Gambhir Reckons Coronavirus Will Not Impact Cricketers In IPL 2020

Gautam Gambhir Reckons Coronavirus Will Not Impact Cricketers In IPL 2020

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Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian cricketer believes that the coronavirus pandemic will not have an impact on the performance of the cricketers when they participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE. IPL too, was originally slated from 29th March but had to be postponed and moved abroad. Besides that T20 World Cup in Australia too was postponed and IPL will be held in that slot.

The 13th edition of the extravagant league will be played from September 19 to November 10, across three venues in the UAE — Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai. Strict guidelines have been issued to the players and staff of franchisees who will stay at bio-secure bubbles.

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Gautam Gambhir Stresses That Coronavirus Will Not Affect Players And Says There Is No Certainty About Favourite Team In IPL

The former Delhi Capitals captain and winner of two IPL trophies while captaining Kolkata Knight Riders Gautam Gambhir also stressed that players must adhere to the guidelines put in place.

“I don’t think that players will be afraid of it. It is important to be in the bio-secure bubble and follow the guidelines. Just because of one person, the tournament can’t be sacrificed. So, it is important to follow the instructions and guidelines,” Gambhir told ANI.

Last month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had confirmed that 13 personnel including two players of Chennai Super Kings tested positive for COVID-19.

Speaking on the chances of Delhi Capitals who have a strong balanced team this year winning the tournament, Gautam Gambhir said that in IPL, there is no certainty about anything and also raised the point that Indian players have not played the game for a long time due to the pandemic. Gautam Gambhir clarifies whether the players are rusty will only be known once the IPL starts.

Gautam Gambhir
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“IPL is a kind of tournament where any team can beat another team. The most important thing is how you start the journey. Also, the Indian players haven’t played any cricket for the last 6 months so whether they are rusty or not will be known once the tournament starts,” he said.

The coronavirus has taken away the lives of thousands around the globe and has resulted in strict measures like lockdowns meaning staying at home since March-end in India and has also resulted in postponements and cancellations of various sporting events.

Gautam Gambhir Said Everyone Would Love To See Yuvraj Singh Playing Again

Meanwhile, veteran left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh has sent a mail to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah seeking permission to come out of retirement.

Reflecting on the same, Gambhir said: “It’s his personal decision and each and everyone loves seeing Yuvi play. If he wants to play for Punjab so why not? You can’t force a cricketer to start or to end and if he wants to come back from retirement and play with motivation, he is most welcome.”

Yuvraj Singh
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Mr. Puneet Bali, the secretary of the Punjab Cricket Association, approached him and asked him whether he can come out of retirement after one of the sessions where he was working with the young Punjab quartet of Shubman Gill, Abhishek Sharma, Prabhsimran Singh, and Anmolpreet Singh at Mohali at the behest of the PCA.

In his letter, Yuvraj Singh has made it clear that if he can play for Punjab again, he will obviously not pursue his options of playing outside the country. The letter seeking permission originated from the fact that he played for Toronto Nationals in the Global T20 in Canada in August last year, and for Maratha Arabians in the Abu Dhabi T10 League last November.