Australian batting stalwart Steve Smith is keen to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 if the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled in October and November in Australia, gets postponed.
Australia has begun the training sessions from today (June 1) as they are scheduled to host the bilateral series from August. Steve Smith attended the training camp with David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, and other top cricketers. After returning from practice, he was inquired about his interest to play IPL.
The Rajasthan Royals captain, Steve Smith, showed the willingness to play the T20 league but said that at last, the decision would lie in the hands of the Australian government. He said that he has nothing in his control and do what is told by the authorities.
“I think when you’re playing for your country at a World Cup, that’s the pinnacle for one-day or T20 cricket, so of course I’d prefer to play in that,” Smith said after returning to training with the New South Wales squad on Monday.
“But if that doesn’t happen and the IPL’s there, and they postpone it, then so be it. IPL’s also a terrific tournament as a domestic tournament,” Smith went on to say.
“So that’s out of everyone’s control at the moment, players are just doing what we’re told and going where we need to go and playing whatever’s on at that stage,” Smith added.
As per reports, Cricket Australia wrote to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to postpone the T20 World Cup to 2021. The governing body has said that the final decision would be taken in boards meeting on June 10.
Meanwhile, Australia would play the first ODI series against Zimbabwe in August since the last match played in March. They will also host West Indies, Afghanistan, New Zealand, and India if everything goes according to the plan.