Australia opener and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain David Warner has said that he would definitely participate in 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL), in case the 2020 T20 World Cup is postponed the cash-rich league is given the October-November slot.
Speculations on the postponement of 2020 T20 World Cup is even more rife after Cricket Australia itself raised doubts over hosting 16-teams on multiple venues over a course of almost 4 months. David Warner while talking to India Today’s Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar also had similar views. The destructive opener said that Australia would not want another Covid-19 outbreak in the nation.
David Warner, who once again has been made the captain of the Orange Army, said Australian players will definitely head for the IPL after confirmation from Cricket Australia.
“Look, there has been a lot of talk about the T20 World Cup being postponed, the challenges around getting every single nation that participates in the World Cup into Australia, given the fact that we have the quarantine for 14 days. Nevertheless, making sure we are restricting the chances of a Covid-19 outbreak back into Australia. Those restrictions are in place with the Australian government at the moment. We have to obviously abide by those rules and obviously we await the decision from the ICC.
“And if it is unlikely if the World Cup can’t go ahead, then I am very sure and positive that we will be able to come and play in the IPL if that replaces the World Cup schedule. If that permits us from Cricket Australia giving the go-ahead to go over there, I am sure we will put our hands up and come and play cricket which at the end of the day is what we love.
“Look, most definitely all the players who have been selected and picked in the auction will put their hand up if we are permitted. One we have to get government clearance as well to travel.
“If Cricket Australia allows us to go over there and participate, I am sure the guys will definitely be on board with that to be back up and running and playing cricket again,” ” David Warner said on India Today’s show ‘Inspiration’.
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The 33-year-old showed confidence in BCCI and Indian government by saying that he was sure that the playing environment would surely be safe for the players and for also those who work at the venue.
“We want to get back on the park but making sure we want to do that in a safe environment as well. I am sure the Indian government and the BCCI will be putting perfect parameters in place to ensure the players’ safety and the staff that work at the venues, their safety and the safety of everyone that’s involved. Whether or not there is crowd, I am sure that the BCCI will be doing everything they can to try and get this off the ground and all the players into one safe place and ensuring, as I said, the safety of the players and people who are in and around what goes on with the IPL,” David warner added.
Apart from the IPL and T20 World Cup, David Warner suggested that Cricket Australia will have to plan to restart state cricket also.
“Obviously what will happen is that there is obviously a World Cup. That was planned and no international cricket would have been able to be scheduled anyway. So if they reschedule and put the IPL in place. The other thing we have to think about is that state cricket starts in Australia. That’s another thing Cricket Australia would have to consider. But I am sure, if we are given the opportunity to go out there and play, I am most certain that the guys will go out there and play,” Warner said.