Jonty Rhodes: Cricket calendar without IPL 2020 is meaningless

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Jonty Rhodes: Cricket calendar without IPL is meaningless
Jonty Rhodes: Cricket calendar without IPL is meaningless
The league was all set to be kicked off by 29th March. Later, due to the several extensions in the lockdown postponed the tournament. In the end, the authorities finally called off the cash-rich T20 league until further notice. It is to be noted that BCCI is looking for a window of October-November in case if the T20 World Cup gets canceled so they can hold the league then.
Jonty Rhodes, the former South African cricketer believes that the cricket calendar is meaningless without IPL in it.

Jonty Rhodes: Cricket calendar without IPL is meaningless

“In IPL, it will be that the players will come from outside, they will be quarantined, the teams will get tested, but the fans in the IPL will be from India. Whereas with the World Cup, it is the fans of other teams who will also come to watch the match,” Rhodes was quoted as saying in Sportskeeda.

The former South African cricketer also believes that it would be hard to hold the cash-rich T20 league during such a pandemic.

“It would be very difficult to stage the tournament in such a situation. The Olympics has also been postponed due to this pandemic. Looking at the current situation, I think there are dark clouds on the T20 World Cup,” he stated.

Discussing the financial importance of IPL, Jonty said the league is important and matters for the fate of cricketers as well.

“IPL is also very important financially and regarding the future of the players as well. The best players in the world play in it. To me, it is meaningless to expect the cricket calendar without an IPL. Hopefully, by the end of the year, the situation will improve and we can watch the IPL,” Rhodes added.

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