Jonty Rhodes – ‘Without IPL, Cricket is like “Barcelona Without Messi ”

Veteran South Africa player Jonty Rhodes, comes in favour of Indian Premier League – which is still in the shadows of doubts, Jonty Rhodes stated, without the season IPL this year Cricket like “Messi without Barcelona”.

While the cash-rich league IPL, already suspended due to corona pandemic and BCCI is looking for the Plan B to have IPL in UAE, Sri Lanka and New Zealand later this year.

But it all depends on the ICC verdict, regarding the Idea of the T-20 world cup in Australia later this year.

While Jonty Rhodes believes, looking at both the options T-20 World Cup is a major tournament which needs more precautions during the corona pandemic, a lot of travelling will be there to Australia if it happens over IPL in those three countries who are having fewer casualties to corona.

“In IPL, it will be that the players will come from outside, they will be quarantined, the teams will get tested, but the fans in the IPL will be from India. Whereas with the World Cup, it is the fans of other teams who will also come to watch the match,” Rhodes told IANS.

It would be very difficult to stage the tournament in such a situation. The Olympics has also been postponed due to this pandemic. Looking at the current situation, I think there are dark clouds on the T20 World Cup,” he added.

Tournaments like IPL have a big impact on players career -Jonty Rhodes

Jonty Rhodes further added, tournaments like IPL is important for players to make into the there national sides and even crucial for young chaps in their cricketing career. Even the financial situation is very crucial if there will be no IPL.

“IPL is also very important financially and regarding the future of the players as well. The best players in the world play in it. To me, it is meaningless to expect the cricket calendar without an IPL. Hopefully, by the end of the year, the situation will improve and we can watch the IPL,” the former South African cricketer said.

Rhodes further stated, tournament behind the doors can be possible but it will be interesting to see how the broadcasters bring the idea to the table means to viewers at their homes.

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