Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes that playing cricket at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic will be very different from the past experience but the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) between India and Australia will be years. Before the series, the players of both the countries will get a chance to practice in a ‘challenging’ environment.
After the IPL ends on November 10, the Indian team players will leave for Australia from there. The tour of Australia is expected to begin with the T20 International series, which will be followed by the Test and then the ODI series.
Due to the increasing cases of Corona virus in India, this time the IPL will be played in the United Arab Emirates, which will start in Abu Dhabi on 19 September. Chappell said that this glitzy T20 league is an opportunity in disaster for players from India and Australia, as there has not been much cricket series since March due to the epidemic.
Chappell wrote in his ESPNcricinfo.com column, “One thing is certain, where there is a will, there is a way, and better players are dedicated to finding solutions.” He said, “Talking about Indian players and some Australian players, they will have a chance to play challenging cricket in the IPL before the series in December.”
He admitted that the IPL might not have prepared him well for the Test matches, but gave an example of Ravi Bopara’s 2009 performance and explained that the England batsman had played well in the Test after that. He said, ‘Bopara was called back to England after playing IPL and when asked if it was possible to prepare for the Test match, he said that you should be in rhythm to score runs on every occasion. He then proved himself right by scoring two consecutive centuries against the West Indies.
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The 76-year veteran said it would be difficult for foreign teams to dominate home teams in the Covid-19era with health and safety regulations. He said, “With the many changes in bio-safe spaces, segregation rules, social distance and ways of playing, players will be challenged for international competitions. It also makes life difficult and different inside the team. ‘
The former captain said, “Physical preparation will not be very difficult but it will have to be seen how you remain in the mindset of cricket.” Chappell said that the Indian team understands their goodwill related to the tour of Australia and they will leave no stone unturned in the preparations for the series.
He said, “Indian players will see the series in Australia linked to the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, World Test Championship and their personal pride.”