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Play IPL in September/October as warm up for T20 World Cup, suggests Vaughan

Mark Nicholas and former England players Michael Vaughan and Geoffrey Boycott
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Vaughan placed the weight of his 1.2 million Twitter followers and the pedigree of a former international captain behind calls to accommodate the IPL later in the FTP. He suggested for the IPL to be held as a warm-up tournament for the T20 World Cup.

 

With ever passing day, it is becoming more and more clear that the IPL being held from April 15 or thereabouts is improbable. With several international series having already being rescheduled or pushed back, and many others under the threat of getting cancelled altogether, there is now a cloud of uncertainty over the bigger tournaments.

 

Even the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15 is not totally safe from the wrath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

At such a time, the concerns over whether or not any IPL wold be possible, even later in the year, are mounting. With the tournament being a money-spinner in the most positive sense of the word, there is a lot at stake.

 

Not only does it provide for the franchises, the BCCI, the players - both local and foreign - it is a source of income for various news platforms, websites, sports journalists, the hospitality industry, broadcasters and many others. With millions of people part of the ecosystem, there have been calls to ensure that the cricket boards across the world chalk out a plan and accommodate the IPL somehow, albeit a shortened four-week version.

 

Former England captain Michael Vaughan placed the weight of his 1.2 million Twitter followers and the pedigree of a former international player when on Friday, he suggested for the IPL to be held as a warm-up tournament for the T20 World Cup.

 

"My thoughts on the IPL .. as it’s such an important tournament for the games economy globally not just in India .. I would play a 5 week tournament Sept/Oct including all players as a warm up for the T20 WC .. that’s if we are clear to travel by then .. Thoughts ? #Stayhome," Vaughan tweeted.

 

Earlier, Australian journalist Peter Lalor had ruffled a few feathers when he suggested the IPL may be held in place of the T20 World Cup in a sensational tweet. Lalor cited Australia's 6-month travel ban as the reason for that to happen.

 

Peter Lalor tweeted, “Here’s a thought. T20 World Cup in Oz abandoned because of obvious difficulties with players flying in. Quarantines etc. BCCI swoops and plays IPL in that Oct-Nov window. CA will let players compete knowing it needs India to tour in summer. What do you think?”

 

If international travel ban really exists for six months and is not lifted earlier, it will become a logistical nightmare to host the T0 World Cup. The processing of visa, tickets everything will be a huge a logistical challenge.

 

To Lalor's tweet, this was Vaughan's response, "Here’s a thought .. The IPL is played for the 5 weeks leading up to the T20 World Cup in Oz .. all players use it as the great warm up for the WC .. then the WC happens .. So important for the game that the IPL takes place but also the WC."

 

As per the current international calendar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan are scheduled to play the Asia Cup in September. If the IPL 2020 in the time suggested by Vaughan is to become a reality, the Asia Cup will either have to be scrapped or pushed to a later date after the T20 World Cup.

 

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