On Thursday, India’s apex cricketing body, the BCCI has announced that the 13th season of IPL has been postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic outbreak of the Corona Virus across the globe. Talking with a radio house, Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Simon Katich says his team will be happy if the tournament is shifted. Especially if another country is South Africa or Australia. Katich mentions if the tournament is shifted out of India, it will prove advantageous for RCB as many of their international players hail from Australia or South Africa.
“Whether it (IPL) would be in Australia [or elsewhere], that’s an interesting topic of conversation. There would be a few teams – us in particular, we’d be very happy for it to be played abroad. Because a number of our overseas players are Australian and South African. They really would enjoy these conditions in Australia. It would be interesting to see if that would eventuate but obviously it’s one of many scenarios that’s being discussed.” Katich said.
Simon Katich has labeled IPL as the biggest T20 League in the world. He also expresses his frustration over it’s a postponement and mentions the fans wouldn’t be happy staying indoors. However, he acknowledges it is the right way that had to be done.
“It’s obviously the biggest T20 tournament in the world and the people there love their cricket. But I think they’re also realistic to know that they have to sit tight and wait. Like everyone else in the world and ride this out however long that takes,” Simon Katich added.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket has offered to host the Indian Premier League. SLC President Shammi Silva also confirmed that Sri Lanka has all the amenities and is waiting for a go-ahead from BCCI.