While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still hopeful to organise the 13th IPL in this tough year, Australian Head Coach Justin Langer is ready to allow their players to participate in the IPL 2020. He also wants the Australian team to tour in England as he feels that these are very important for the health of world cricket.
IPL 2020, which was originally scheduled to be played between 29th March and 24th May 2020, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The BCCI still wants to organise the IPL 2020 in India, but if they fail in this attempt, the board can shift the tournament in Sri Lanka or the United Arab Emirates for the 2020 edition.
Though Australia has the schedule to host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 from 18th October to 15th November 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has opened up the big doubtful future of this tournament. If the International Cricket Council (ICC) postpones this tournament, which is likely to happen soon, the BCCI can utilise this window for the IPL 2020.
Justin Langer feels that it will be a win-win situation to allow the top Aussie cricketers for the IPL 2020, even when the Australian domestic cricket can clash at the same time.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Langer said, “I think we have to. Talking frankly. I’ll always look for win-win situations and hopefully, we do that when we get some clarity on what’s happening with the schedule.”
I think we have to go to England: Justin Langer
Also, the Australian team can restart their international cricket in September with the away limited-overs series against the hosts England. Langer feels that the England tour is important for the health of world cricket.
The Aussie Head Coach claimed, “I think we have to go to England. There are lots of challenges, of course, but we have to find solutions to make sure that can happen if possible. That’s my view. I think for the health of world cricket.”
However, if the situation goes out of control, they may cancel the England tour, but they are trying their best to tour in England.
Langer continued, “If things out of control happen and we can’t end up going, at least we can say we’ve done everything in our power to make it happen.”
In the England tour, Australia will play the three-match ODI and T20I series. The ODI series will be the part of the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.
Australia played their last international match before the coronavirus pandemic on 13th March 2020 during the Sydney ODI against New Zealand.