Pat Cummins: IPL will be a great event even without crowds

Updated: Apr 11, 2020, 07:52 IST | PTI | Melbourne

Indian Premier League's costliest foreign player Pat Cummins willing to play T20 extravaganza behind closed doors to help bring a sense of normalcy.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins

The costliest foreign player in Indian Premier League, Pat Cummins says he would be willing to play in the T20 event without fans as it would help bring a sense of normality in a world ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. The IPL was originally scheduled to start on March 29 in Mumbai but it was postponed to April 15 due to the worsening pandemic which has killed more than 95,000 people worldwide.

Asked whether he would support games without fans in a BBC podcast, Cummins said, "Of course, whatever it takes to try and get cricket up and play those big events safely." Cummins, 26, who became the costliest foreign player in the league after the Kolkata Knight Riders picked him up for a whooping Rs 15.5 crore last December at the auction, said he is "super hopeful" the league will be held though he would be "surprised if it happened soon".

"They scream every single ball whether it's a six or a wicket... it's the same noise every ball. So, that atmosphere is something that we love about playing in India," he said. "It will be missed in the short term if it can't happen, but I have no doubt it will be a great event even if it has to be played without crowds."

The Australian pace spearhead, however, reiterated that the main priority is the health and safety of the people.

"The first priority is safety but the second one is getting back to normality, finding that balance. If that unfortunately means no crowds for a while, then that is that, but hopefully people can watch at home on TV. When people ask about the difference between playing cricket in India the first thing is the crowd," he said.

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