The Indian off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, hopes that there will be less number of leagues than the international cricket once after the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus ends.
The Coronavirus has caused a delay in every sports scenario. Cricket is one of the major sports that has been delayed for an indefinite period of time. The global health crisis is now getting on the nerves as every activity is being halted.
The series, tournaments, and leagues that were going on were delayed and those, that were to take place in later times, got either suspended or called off.
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) was going on its full swing. However, a few numbers of its matches were also conducted behind closed doors, later when the league was left with only three matches i.e, two semifinals and final, a sudden rise in the crisis stopped if with further continuation.
The Indian Premier League (IPL), was also to kick off its thirteenth season on 29th March. The circumstances first shifted it to 15th April then to the latest window of April-May. The recent extension in the lockdown amidst the Coronavirus outbreak has delayed the cash-rich league till further notice.
Ravichandran Ashwin: I hope there are fewer leagues than international cricket after lockdown
Every country was to play international series but the tours got postponed as the situations got worst. India’s cricket also got badly affected. An Indian player, Ashwin, the well-known off-spinner says that there shall be more international cricket than the leagues as it is obvious that the franchises owners would like to complete their respective leagues after the lockdown.
“I really do hope that this (pandemic) does not transpire into something where you have more leagues and not much of international cricket because the borders are closed,” Ashwin said during a videocast with former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar on ESPNcricinfo.
“I think we are still some distance away. In terms of the health of world cricket, I think it is going to take longer than what people might assume. So, that’s an imminent possibility, but I don’t know what the further future has in store.”