Ajinkya Rahane is ready to Play IPL if it ensures the safety of fans
Indian red ball middle-order batsman and Delhi Capitals batsman Ajinkya Rahane is ready to play and entertain cricket fanatics in the IPL in empty stadiums (behind closed doors) if it ensures the safety of the cricket supporters.
Ajinkya Rahane said in an Instagram Live session:
COVID-19 pandemic has taught everyone that unexpected things can happen, therefore we need to be happy about what we are doing, and should value what we have. As for IPL or any other sport, I feel it could be played without spectators. All of us have played domestic cricket in almost empty stadiums, so that’s an experience all cricketers are used to. Of course, we are nothing without our fans, and that’s why their safety is of utmost importance.
Even if they get to watch some live action from home, I am sure that will be an enjoyable experience as well. The safety of fans is key, and if we need to play in empty stadiums for that, we are open to do it. I’m trying to be as positive as possible during this lockdown, and staying at home with my wife and daughter. It’s given me an opportunity to bond with them, and I am also able to help my wife in cooking and cleaning. I’m also trying to revive my karate skills, something that I pursued as a child. It definitely helps me in maintaining my agility and fitness, and I am enjoying it a lot.
It is something I’ve really been eager about, and it has stemmed in because of the things I’ve heard about the team from the likes of Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Shreyas Iyer. They’ve told me that it”s like a huge family where everyone is always backing each other, and enjoying each other’s successes. My idols growing up were definitely Rahul (the wall, Rahul Dravid) Sir and Sachin (Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar) Sir, but I’ve always admired Ricky (Australian former world cup winning captain Rickey Ponting) Sir also. I used to try to copy his batting and fielding styles. And therefore, I’m really looking forward to working under him. I’m sure he will help me immensely in my batting as well as overall leadership.
As most of you know, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 indefinitely. The IPL 13 which is scheduled to start from March 29, was postponed till April 15, but Prime Minister of India on Wednesday announced lockdown extension to fight the coronavirus pandemic in India till May 3, BCCI has postponed the cash-rich league until further notice.
The BCCI may or may not consider a September-October window after May 03 or later and may take a call depending on the global situation. IPL 2020 could be staged at October-November window, lets hope for the best, these are some suggestion that was given by experts and former legendary players. The fate of big ICC tournaments, Women’s ODI World Cup 2021, Men’s T20 World Cup will be decided once the situation gets better and even T20 World Cup could be pushed to 2021.
McCullum, the coach of IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders gave a suggestion that:
- I think the IPL will try and target that October window and the T20 World Cup will get pushed back.