Former batting great Sunil Gavaskar and V.V.S. Laxman said that the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) can be played in empty stadiums if that serves everyone’s interests. BCCI has pushed back the starting date of IPL 2020 and it will begin on April 15 now if everything goes well.
“There is one example of an India-Pakistan match played in front of empty stands in Eden Gardens Kolkata after Sachin (Tendulkar) got run out and there was unrest in the crowd,” Sunil Gavaskar said in a pre-match show for Star Sports.
“I think the game was stopped on that particular day but the next day it was continued in front of empty stands. So there is a precedent as far Indian cricket is concerned. So clearly if it has to happen then it can happen. Whatever it is the best for everyone that has to be taken into account. And if it’s best for everyone to play in front of empty stands, so be it,” he added.
VVS Laxman also said that as long as it is not risky for the people who will be present in the stadium, it can be played behind closed doors. Because there will be the support staff, broadcasters, camera persons if the tournament can go on and that too can be effective as well.
He further added that cricketers do want to play in front of a large crowd but eventually the COVID-19 is risky then it will be better off playing in empty stands which will make sure everyone’s well being and also the people sitting in their drawing rooms can enjoy the live-action of the cash-rich tournament.
This virus has affected everything which included the cancellation of various sporting events. While Australia versus New Zealand’s ongoing One Day International series has been called off and New Zealand’s tour to Australia for the T20I series has postponed for the time beings, players’ participation in the Asia XI versus World XI has put a question mark too in the series.