MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins expects the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) to be merely delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic and is optimistic the home Twenty20 World Cup will go ahead as scheduled later this year.
Cummins is IPL’s most expensive overseas player after the Kolkata Knight Riders acquired him for a staggering $2.18 million in the players’ auction in December.
His record-breaking payday will have to wait, however, as the start of the Twenty20 tournament, originally scheduled for March 29, has been deferred to April 15 and another postponement looks inevitable.
“They obviously haven’t cancelled it or anything like that yet. It’s still a bit of a holding pattern so we’re in contact with our teams every few days,” Cummins told reporters in a video conference on Friday.
“Obviously everyone is still really keen for it to go ahead, but the priority is to minimise risk of (the virus) spreading.”
“The last I spoke to (franchise officials), they said they’re still really confident and hopeful it (the IPL) will be on at some stage.”
The 26-year-old felt Australia were rather lucky that the disruption came towards the end of their international season.
He hoped the sports world would return to normal again before the Twenty20 World Cup in October-November and Australia’s subsequent home series against India.
“The World Cup is still six-seven months away, and the big India tour is still eight-nine months away. Lots of things can change,” he said.
“The T20 World Cup is something we’ve spoken about for the best part of two or three years,” said Cummins.
“The (ODI) World Cup in 2015, that was absolutely a career highlight for me and I wasn’t even playing in the final. I’d love to see that go ahead.
“That’s probably the big tournament this year for international cricket ... I’d love for that to happen in a perfect world and if I was to be really greedy, I’d love for the IPL to happen as well.”
Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Richard Pullin