Steve Smith: It’s disappointing that IPL 2020 is not in India

Teams could be asked to limit the number of players to 20 to avoid crowded dressing rooms and dugouts

Be it AB de Villiers for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kagiso Rabada for Delhi Capitals, Faf du Plessis for Chennai Super Kings or Quinton de Kock for Mumbai Indians, some of the prime stars in the Indian Premier League (IPL) hail from South Africa.

Smith stated players will have to adapt to the conditions of the UAE but that's not going to be a problem as according to him, everyone will be eager to just get on the field and play good quality cricket following the coronavirus stoppage. Yes, it's hugely disappointing that it's not taking place in India but it's a decision to get the tournament up and running", Steve Smith said while speaking at a virtual interactive session following a private screening of the documentary "The Inside Story: "A season with Rajasthan Royals, ' an intimate look at the Royals" campaign in the IPL a year ago.

"Part of being a professional cricketer is that you need to adapt and conditions in Dubai may be the same like India". Couple of players have experience of playing there before.

"Obviously we would have loved to have playing in India".


"We know that South African players are stranded and we will take a decision on them after the IPL Governing Council meeting on Sunday", the official said.

An official of one of the franchises speaking to IANS said that it is an idea that has been discussed informally and a final call will be taken once the IPL Governing Council (GC) meets on Sunday and gives the franchises a roadmap on the way forward going into the 13th edition of the league.

"Yeah, it has been challenging". MS Dhoni, their captain, for example, hasn't played a competitive fixture since the 2019 World Cup. "A lot of people have not played any cricket at all or had very little under their belts, so from that point of view, it's sort of an even contest". Guys are trying to get their cricket back. He became a household name a year ago following his half-century against Delhi Capitals. This is not a problem as it has been happening over the years that if there is some problem in the way of IPL, then BCCI implements the strategy accurately and ensures that the tournament is played without any hassle. "To be honest I don't think about all these taglines, whatever the media or whatever the people say", Parag said.

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