Australia head coach Justin Langer recently shared that he wants his player to tour England to maintain their match fitness and also participate in the cash-rich tournament Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. He also opened up that the Australia to host India in the four-Test series which is scheduled to take place from December to January next year.
However, Langer also said that he is confused over the reports of the upcoming edition of IPL which suggests that 2020 season will be hosted outside India owing to its pandemic situation while some are saying the entire tournament will take place in Mumbai. On the other hand, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly rubbished all the reports based on these sources and said that the board is not thinking to host it in other places as of now and are sticking to the wait and watch policy as well.
Justin Langer further said that once there is clarity on the Indian Premier League and if it does not clash the upcoming domestic seasons or their quarantine situations then Australia players will get the permission to participate in the cash-rich tournament.
“I think we have to. Talking frankly,” Justin Langer told The Daily Telegraph. “I hear a different story about the IPL’s plans every few days. It varies. So until there’s some clarity and we can work out how it affects the domestic season, how it affects our players, how it works with quarantine … there’s a lot of considerations here.”
He further added, “But if we want India to come out to Australia, which is going to be very important to get the summer up and running … it’s not a normal world we live in and we’ll look for win-win situations. I’ll always look for win-win situations and hopefully we do that when we get some clarity on what’s happening with the schedule.”
However, the final decision on IPL 2020 depends on the future of the ICC T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Australia later this year. While the ICC hasn’t taken a call on its future yet, they are expected to do it on Friday. It is likely that the marquee event will be postponed for this year which might open a window for IPL as well.
Notably, earlier on Wednesday, the 2020 Asia Cup was also called off as the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and PCB chief Ehsan Mani confirmed the news.