The postponement of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 has given the way to BCCI to host the IPL in September. Several have claimed that the Indian board had forced the ICC to postpone the league. Former Pakistan cricketers like Shoaib Akhtar had shown his anger against the governing body’s decision because he believed that IPL was given priority above the mega event.
However, former Indian cricketer Madan Lal has quashed all the allegations and even said that the Pakistani cricketers are jealous of BCCI. Although he didn’t take the name of any player, however, the indications were clear.
Madan Lal lashed out on Pakistan cricketers statement on IPL:
During an interaction on Sports Tak, the World Cup-winning player was asked on his stand on the statement given by Pakistan cricketers against organising the IPL this year. Madan Lal didn’t beat around the bush and responded that they talk without thinking.
“The Pakistan cricketers, a lot of them don’t think at all before they speak. How has India got the World Cup postponed?, ” Madan Lal said.
Madan Lal explained how ICC’s decision on cancellation of the T20 World Cup didn’t depend on BCCI. He said that it was a decision taken by the ICC and Cricket Australia considering the prevailing COVID-19 situation across the world.
“Firstly COVID-19 was around and T20 World Cup is a different type of tournament. Considering the absence of crowd and sponsorship issues, ICC and Cricket Australia have taken the decision to postpone it, which is a good decision,” he added
“The IPL was always going to happen. We had already thought of organising the IPL in September-October depending on the available dates. So we have planned the IPL according to that which is a very good thing,” he said.
Madan Lal advice to Pakistan:
According to Lal, Pakistan should work on improving their relationship with India rather than giving a controversial statement against the neighbourhood nation.
“They should think how we can improve our relations so that cricket can keep continuing, but always there is some or the other player who comes and says something and the whole matter goes awry.”
Because of the political tension between the two arch-rival nations, India and Pakistan have not played any bilateral series for over seven years.