Australia's star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell considers the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be a small-scale World Cup in which foreign players are challenged enough to compete against each other. The postponement of the T20 World Cup has cleared the way for the BCCI to conduct the IPL in the September-November window.
The BCCI has sought permission from the central government to get the league into the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where there have been fewer cases of Covid-19than other cricket-playing nations.
Maxwell, 31, told Fox Sports, 'You have to wait on the IPL, wait for other people's decisions about what you can and can't do about travel and isolation time and other things. If everything goes right, I see no reason not to go for it. '
He said, 'Foreign players get a lot of thrill by playing in it, like the World Cup, some of the best players in the world play shoulder to shoulder, but at a smaller level. If everything goes right, I would love to be available for this. '
The all-rounder is part of Australia's 26-man squad for the England tour. He took a break last year due to some mental health issues. Maxwell said he kept in touch with national coach Justin Langer, though.
He said, “Staying at home this time of year was a bit like luxury. I enjoyed the time, refreshed mentally and physically. '