If the IPL 2020 happens, the Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell is ready to feature in this tournament. The 31-year-old feels that the IPL tournament is similar to a smaller World Cup.
As the International Cricket Council (ICC) has just postponed the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, it has opened up the path for the IPL 2020. IPL side Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has recently compared the IPL to the smaller World Cup, and he will get ready to participate in the upcoming IPL season if everything gets right.
According to the Australian media, Maxwell said, “The overseas guys get a hell of a kick playing in it, some of the best players in the world rubbing shoulders, similar to a World Cup, but on a smaller scale. If everything gets ticked off I would love to be available for it.”
Recently, after the postponement of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, the IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel has hinted that the IPL 2020 can be organised in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The full-fledged IPL 2020 can be played between late September and early November 2020.
Maxwell added on his availability for the IPL 2020, “You wait and see (with the IPL), waiting on the judgments of other people, what you can and can’t do with travel and quarantine times and all that, if everything gets ticked off there I have no real reason not to go.”
In his IPL career, Maxwell has scored 1397 runs in 69 matches (average 22.90 and strike-rate 161.13), including six half-centuries, the off-spinner has also taken 16 wickets. His past team Kings XI Punjab (KXIP; 2014-2017) has bought him for INR 10.75 crore in the 2020 IPL auction.
On the other hand, Maxwell is also disappointed for the postponement of this year’s Men’s T20 World Cup.
He claimed, “Any time you have a home World Cup you are certainly looking forward to it. We felt like we had been building towards it as a T20 side.”
It was about making sure I was ready for any series: Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell played for the Australian team for the last time in last October during the Brisbane T20I against Sri Lanka (30th October 2019). Then he took a short break from cricket due to mental health issues. However, he returned to the game soon as he participated in the Big Bash League 2019/20. In this uncertainty period, Maxwell is only focusing to keep ready himself for any series.
He commented, “To be home was a bit of a luxury at this time of the year. I’ve actually had a great time, freshened up the batteries and the mind as well. I was always mentally getting myself ready for this time of year when there would potentially be cricket back on. I haven’t been thinking about where we are going to end u or who we are going to be playing. It was about getting my game ready, my body ready, and making sure I was ready for any series.”
Melbourne Stars’ all-rounder Glenn Maxwell played a crucial all-rounder role for his team to finish as the runners-up in the BBL 2019/20. While the right-handed batsman scored 398 runs in 17 matches with an average of 39.80 and strike-rate of 148.50, including three fifties, the off-spinner also picked up 10 wickets in that tournament.