Justin Langer wants Australian cricketers to take part in the IPL

A number of Aussie players, including Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins were picked in the auction for the upcoming season.

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Justin Langer, the head coach of the Australian cricketer team, reckons that Aussies should tour England in September. He feels that it’s necessary “for the health of world cricket”. Australian cricket came to a halt in March after their ODI against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The rest of the series had to be cancelled after the first game took place behind closed doors.

Langer, who’s also a former Australian batsman, wants their cricket to return to track even if it meant going through the necessary protocols amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The veteran is also looking forward for India to tour Australia later this year for a bilateral series.

“My personal view is we have to go. For so many reasons. 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. As much as we’d like India to come over here, I think we need to reciprocate that with England if we can,” Langer told News Corp Australia.

I hear a different story about the IPL’s plans every few days, says Langer

Langer also feels that the Australian cricketers should take part in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The tournament currently remains postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. A number of Aussie played, including Pat Cummins, ODI and T20I skipper Aaron Finch and Kane Richardson were picked in the auction.

“I think we have to. Talking frankly. I hear a different story about the IPL’s plans every few days. It varies. So, until there’s some clarity and we can work out how it affects the domestic season, how it affects our players, how it works with quarantine… there’s a lot of considerations here,” he added.

The IPL was initially set to get underway on March 29 with the game between the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI). However, the lockdowns after the COVID-19 outbreak turned detrimental. Currently the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking for an apt window to host the cash-rich league.