Mumbai: Australian batsman Steve Smith said on Monday that he is ready to play Indian Premier League (IPL) if the T20 World Cup gets postponed due to a coronavirus epidemic.
The T20 World Cup is to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November this year, however, the future of the tournament is not known due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think when you’re playing for your country in a World Cup, that’s the peak for one-day or T20 cricket, so of course I’d love to play in that. But if that doesn’t happen and the IPL’s there, and they postpone it, then so be it,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Smith as saying.
He said, “IPL is also a great tournament as a domestic tournament. So right now everyone is out of control. The players are just doing what we have been told and where we need to go and playing whatever’s on at that stage,” he added.
The IPL was started from March 29, although it was postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19, and it is being speculated that the tournament could go ahead in October if the T20 World Cup is postponed.
“I think there will be some more news about this soon, maybe some decisions will be made soon, so I’m sure we’ll all know and find out where we’re going. I personally really haven’t thought about it. I think it’s just going to follow the advice of professionals and governments and essentially what is being done, Smith said.
“If that happens then it is great, if not, there is so much going on in the world right now that the level of cricket seems a little irrelevant. So we’ll get back when we’re told to and until then it is sitting tight, get fit and strong and freshen up mentally,” he added.