Mumbai, Apr 8 : Former India cricketer Ashish Nehra feels there is a possibility of the IPL taking place in the last quarter of the year if the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled globally by the month of October. The IPL 2020, which was scheduled to be played from March 29, has been suspended till April 15.
There is no clarity on whether it would go ahead at all. "Even if the IPL doesn't happen in August, (because) there are a lot of places in India that witness rains during that month and there are high chances that lots of matches will get cancelled," Nehra told on Star Sports 1 Hindi show 'Cricket Connected'. "If things go back to normal around the world by October, we'll have a 100 per cent clearance," he reckoned.
With the rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths showing no signs of relenting across the world, there are lean chances of the IPL happening this year. The deadly pandemic has claimed 149 Indian lives while the number of active COVID-19 cases is 4,643, as many as 401 people were discharged till Wednesday. Left-arm pacer Nehra also said that former star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has always excelled while playing under Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy.
"Yuvraj has played well under MS Dhoni, as far as I have seen Yuvraj's career, the way he has batted in 2007 and 2008 onwards it has been impeccable and in 2011 we saw how he braved his sickness and played brilliantly under Dhoni,' he said "I feel every player has their own choice of a favourite captain when they play for 16 years and Yuvraj played well under Dhoni according to me, " he added. (UNI)