Steve Smith on IPL in UAE:
BCCI is set to organize the cash-rich league IPL 2020 in UAE. But the foreign players’ participation is still pending due to lockdown in their respective countries. Now Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith showed disappointment over the IPL shifting from India to UAE.
ICC has clear the path for BCCI to organize IPL 2020 after postponed the T20 World cup 2020 in Australia. Now, the BCCI is using the T20 world cup window for the IPL 2020. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel has confirmed in July that IPL 2020 will be played in UAE from September 19 to November 8.
BCCI wanted to organize the IPL season 13 in India but due to the current situation of India, it is impossible to organize the tournament in India. And just like others, Steve Smith is disappointed over the same.
I would love to play IPL 2020 in India: Steve Smith
During the videoconference with reporters after a screening of Rajasthan Royals’ documentary “An inside story” which shows the IPL 2020 campaign with Rajasthan Royals. Steve Smith said,
“I think part of being a professional cricketer is to adapt to any condition you are faced with and that is going to be the clear message from the coaching staff.”
“Conditions in Dubai can be similar to what you get in India or it can be different, it’s about adapting on the run to what the condition suits.
A couple of players obviously have experience of playing there before. The IPL was there in 2014 I think, so a lot of people have played IPL there before.
“I think guys will be just jumping out of their skins to play some quality cricket. Obviously it’s disappointing that it’s not in India. We would have absolutely loved to play there.”
This time Teams wouldn’t have advantages in IPL: Smith
Steve Smith also speaks about the players who are coming to play IPL 2020 after a long time. He said that players haven’t played any type of cricket for the last 3 months. So, there won’t be added advantages for any team.
Steve Smith said, “Yeah, it has been challenging. A lot of players haven’t played any cricket. From that point of view, it will be an even contest.”
“Everybody will be going in with the same sort of preparation which is nice. It has been incredibly different times and guys are trying to get their cricket back in any way possible.
“It certainly is going to be very exciting when IPL rolls around that’s for sure.” steve smith added.