Both T20 World Cup and IPL are still an option, can be flexible with dates: Faf du Plessis


South Africa and Chennai Super Kings batsman Faf du Plessis said he is open to quarantining himself for 14 days for Indian Premier League (IPL) if a shortened version is held this year when cricket gets the green light to resume.

Faf du Plessis said it is important for players to adopt and evolve in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic in order to get cricket up and running again.

The IPL 2020, which was scheduled to get underway on March 29, has been suspended until further notice by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) due to the pandemic. While IPL has missed the April-May window, the organisers are reportedly looking for another window in this season to host the cash-rich league.

Faf du Plessis, who has been an integral member of the CSK squad over the years said, it will be difficult for players to tour if a full-length IPL is held in 2020, considering the 14-day quarantine period before and after the tournament.

“It’s important that we as players need to adapt and evolve to what we are currently facing. I am for quarantine for 14 days,” Faf du Plessis said during Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.

“I think if we start doing that tours might become a lot shorter. So if you play a four-match test series of two months IPL and another 14-day period of quarantine after that, you are looking at three months of touring playing just one team.

“So I’m all for quarantining but at the start we must play just a two-match series or an IPL that lasts for a month.”

Speculations are rife that the T20 World Cup may be postponed to a later date with IPL taking the October-November window this year. The ICC will be discussing the fate of the T20 World Cup in its board meeting this week.

BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said the Indian cricket board will not be pushing for postponement of the T20 World Cup. The 16-team T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15 but travel restrictions across the globe has cast doubts on the tournament.

‘If you have to move the T20 World Cup, so be it’

However, Faf du Plessis believes both T20 World Cup and the IPL can be held once the sport returns provided the organisers are willing to be flexible with the scheduling.

“Both IPL and the T20 World Cup (are feasible). We can move these dates. The IPL is flexible, it’s looking to move. The same with the World Cup. If it means, you have to move the World Cup by 2 or 3 months, so be it.

“It’s still close enough to what it is normally, it’s not like you’re extending it by 2 years. And the players get to play a World Cup. I am for trying to shift those dates, if you have to. If you don’t, then great. I think both tournaments are definitely still an option,” Du Plessis said.

‘Australians would love the opportunity to play IPL 2020’

Meanwhile, former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee said Australian players will be ‘keen’ on playing the IPL if and when it is held. Lee also said the players will be willing to quarantine themselves before and after the tournament.

“Absolutely, 100 percent. They [Australian players] are super keen. I am super keen to get back to India. Once the safety measures are in place, I think any Australian player would love the opportunity to go and play in the IPL because it’s one of the best tournaments. I loved playing in the IPL, I love commentating in the IPL. If they have to quarantine for 14 days, absolutely, lock it in,” Lee said.

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