'Next two-three months will be little tough' - Sourav Ganguly hints IPL 2020 to be moved out of India

‘Next two-three months will be little tough’ – Sourav Ganguly hints IPL 2020 to be moved out of India

Ganguly compared the current pandemic situation with batting tactics and said that one has to play according to the nature of the pitch.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP/Getty Images)

The much-awaited thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was all set to kick-off from March 29th. However, the tournament had to be postponed for an indefinite period in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic has wreaked havoc across all countries in the past few months, compelling the cricketing scenario to come to a standstill.

India has already crossed Russia to become the country with the third-largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The number has crossed 7 lakh and the positive cases in the country are increasing with every passing day. Amid this stern situation, the feasibility of the IPL in the near future looks bleak.

Reacting to the current situation, former India skipper and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly reckoned the country will have to bear the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic till the end of this year or beginning of 2021.

The coronavirus outbreak has also diminished India’s chances of hosting the IPL this year. According to reports, many countries like UAE, Sri Lanka and New Zealand are in the race to host the cash-rich league. The BCCI has already zeroed in on the end September-early November window for the IPL.

We all should be fine by the end of 2020: Sourav Ganguly

Responding to a question on how he looks at the current stern situation across the country in a chat with opener Mayank Agarwal, Ganguly said, “I think the next two-three-four months will be a little tough. We will just have to bear it, and by the end of the year or beginning of next year, life should be back to normal.”

“I will wait for the vaccine to come out. Till then, yes, we will have to be a little more careful…we know what’s happening and we don’t want to fall sick. Saliva is an issue. Maybe once the vaccine comes out, just like any other illness, everything will be fine,” added Ganguly on the show #DadaOpensWithMayank.

Ganguly compared the current pandemic situation with batting tactics and said that one has to play according to the nature of the pitch. He also hoped that the current scenario will be in a better state at the end of the year.

“It’s like batting tactic, it’s not same on all pitches, you play differently on slower pitches, you play differently when it turns and you play differently when it is flat. So COVID is at that stage, the stage of recovery. Hopefully, by the end of this year we all should be fine,” said Ganguly to Mayank.

Here’s the video: