It's Hugely Disappointing That IPL Not Taking Place In India: Steve Smith

Between two IPLs a relationship blossomed

Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram feels that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the best cricket tournament in the world, saying the money which has been put into the league makes it the better than other T20 tournaments.

Smith understands the conditions will be challenging and that adaptability will be the key.

"Guys are gonna be just jumping out of their skin to get into there and play some quality cricket", Smith said during a Q&A session following a private screening of the team's documentary titled Inside Story: A season with Rajasthan Royals. IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel made it clear that IPL 2020 will be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah on the announced dates and they are waiting for approval from the government of India. The two-day delay will also help the Indian players to travel directly to Australia from the UAE without coming to India.

Also Read | IPL 2020 Squad Updates: AB de Villiers, Ben Stokes, Andre Russell, Lasith Malinga and List of Players Who Could Miss Upcoming Season or Part of it. Obviously it's disappointing that it's not in India.

"We are mindful that the South African players are to some degree trapped and we will choose a connect with on them following the IPL GC meeting on Sunday".

Smith also spoke about the prospect of players coming into the tournament a bit rusty considering some of them haven't played worldwide cricket for a while now following the COVID-19 hiatus.

"Yeah, it has been challenging".

Personally, Smith hasn't played a competitive game since the first ODI against New Zealand at an empty Sydney Cricket Ground on March 13. Everyone is going in with the same sort of preparations, which is nice...

"It certainly is going to be very exciting when IPL rolls around that's for sure", he added.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Riyan Parag said he enjoyed playing under Smith. He became a household name past year following his half-century against Delhi Capitals. "But that should be no trouble for the reason that around the years if there is one thing that we have noticed when it will come to the IPL is the way the BCCI executes the designs and guarantees that the tournament is held without the need of even a insignificant hiccup", the formal claimed.

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