Australian batsman David Warner remains bullish about taking part in the Indian Premier League this year, particularly if the T20 World Cup gets postponed.
Warner, who has skippered Sunrisers Hyderabad in recent seasons, told India Today that he wants to travel abroad to play in the IPL if it manages to be held in 2020 despite alarming rises in the coronavirus rates in India.
Currently there is an expectation in world cricket that the T20 ICC World Cup scheduled to be played in Australia in October and November will be postponed, although the International Cricket Council (ICC) have delayed any decision, given Australia’s low levels of COVID-19 domestically, which may enable it to get ahead with careful management of international teams.
However, if the World Cup is cancelled, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will reportedly swoop on the window to play the 2020 IPL during October and November.
With India’s coronavirus curve increasing daily, with more than 15,000 new cases on Sunday, that appears unlikely but Warner remains hopeful.
“If it is unlikely that the World Cup can go ahead, I’m definitely sure and positive that we’ll be able to come and play in the IPL if that replaces the World Cup,” Warner said.
“If that permits, CA giving us the go-ahead to go over there, I’m sure that we will put our hand up to come over and play cricket and do what we love.
“All the players that have been selected and picked in the auction will put their hand up if they are permitted we have to get government clearance as well, if we’re allowed to travel.
“Obviously what will happen is that, there is a World Cup that was planned so there is probably no international cricket that would have been able to have been scheduled anyway, so they can rescheduled and put the IPL in place.
“The other thing we have to think about is obviously state cricket starts here in Australia, that’s another thing Cricket Australia will have to consider.
“But I’m sure if we’re given the opportunity to go over and play, most certain the guys will go over there and play.”
The left-handed Australian batsman said he was confident the BCCI would be able to create a safe biosecure ‘bubble’ for players for the IPL.