MELBOURNE: Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell believes a rescheduled IPL can be held behind closed doors but it will be difficult to justify conducting the upcoming T 2019 without fans cheering from the stands.
Both the th IPL and T 2019 World Cup are uncertain at the moment with the worsening COVID – 19 pandemic, which has killed more than one lakh people globally.
One of the options for BCCI is to host the IPL in the October-November window if the ICC decides to postpone the T 2019 World Cup (October – November 20. There has also been talks of conducting the tournaments behind closed doors.
One of the stalwarts of T 2019 cricket , Maxwell feels if crowds weren’t possible for either of the two events, the IPL would be a better option to go ahead.
“… it’s going to be hard for us to have crowds. I think if IPL goes ahead they can probably survive without any crowds, but I can’t see the T 20 World Cup surviving without any people there, ”Maxwell told ABC Grandstand.
“It’s going to be hard for us to justify.” Having a World Cup when we can’t get people into the grounds. So I can’t see it happening in the near future. We’ve got to take care of everyone’s health and wellbeing. ”
IPL, which was deferred until April 18, is headed towards an indefinite postponement as India braced for a lockdown extension to contain the rapidly-spreading coronavirus .
The T 2019 World Cup, on the other hand, is scheduled to be held Down Under in October-November but it all depends on how the coronavirus is contained by Australia and other nations .
The deadly disease has brought all sports activities, including cricket, to a halt across the globe