Kane Richardson, the Australian fast bowler, said that he and his Aussie teammates are keeping their fingers crossed regarding the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The cash-rich T20 tournament was set to get underway on March 29, but the start has now been postponed to April 15 due to the outrageous coronavirus outbreak, which has resulted in a global lockdown.
As many as 17 Australian cricketers have IPL contracts with Richardson getting picked by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Richardson was a part of Australia’s squad in the series against New Zealand that eventually got cancelled. The pacer was quarantined after he complained of sore throat before the opener at the SCG. He is now eagerly waiting for a news surrounding the IPL.
It’s happened out of nowhere: Kane Richardson
“We’re just waiting to hear. A lot of the blokes have opinions – ‘it’s going to get cancelled’, this and that – but again it can change in a day or a week, so I’ll just sit by the phone and get ready to play for the 15th at the moment – that’s what I’m thinking,” Richardson was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.
Richardson expressed shock over the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic came out of the blues and how quickly it has wreaked havoc across the globe. He said that even when the Aussies were in South Africa for the ODI and T20I series, there were no signs of the deadly virus in the air. He stated how the Aussies were vocal about playing in the IPL.
“(The Australia squad) were all sitting around chatting about it. It’s happened out of nowhere. A lot of us were going to be away from now till the end of the IPL, so to now be sitting at home with absolutely no idea when the next game of cricket is going to be for any of us, just shows how quickly this has grown,” he added.
About him being tested for coronavirus, Richardson said that he had one of the four symptoms after he had travelled over the last couple of weeks. However, to his relief, the results turned out to be negative. In the meantime, all cricketing activities have been suspended in Australia.