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The skipper of the New Zealand National Cricket Team, Kane Williamson, has stated that there is no bigger domestic T20 tournament in world cricket than the Indian Premier League (IPL). Kane Williamson plays for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH franchise in the cash-rich league and has won one title with them so far back in the year 2016 when SRH beat Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2016 final.
IPL 2020 was slated to start from March 29 2020. But with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the BCCI suspended it indefinitely. On Wednesday itself, certain media reports emerged suggesting that the BCCI is probing into the September-November window to conduct IPL.
Now, Kane Williamson has said that the Indian T20 tournament is the biggest in the world and he is amazed to see the passion in India for cricket.
Kane Williamson Lavishes Praise On The Indian Premier League
New Zealand captain and Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Kane Williamson called the Indian Premier League the ‘biggest domestic competition’. Williamson said he wanted to take part in the tournament for the opportunity to gain and learn.
“The initial interest was obviously watching the IPL and seeing how big it was, it is the biggest domestic competition, T20 cricket being relatively new, what I saw was an opportunity to gain experience and learn,” Williamson told Ravichandran Ashwin on his YouTube show titled ‘DRS with Ash’.
“For us, to see the passion for cricket in India is an amazing thing, it is a brilliant competition and there is a high standard, a lot of other countries have followed suit to start their leagues,” he added.
Speculations Intensify Over IPL 2020 Future
IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.
On April 10, latest reports suggested that the BCCI is probing into the July window to conduct the IPL and it could take place behind closed doors.
However, all hopes once again vanished as the BCCI suspended the Indian Premier League 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 victims toll rising in India, cricket returning to India seems a possibility far from reality.