Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Mumbai Indians became the first IPL franchise to commence training for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League.
According to a report by the Indian Express, the Mumbai Indians players have started training at the Reliance Stadium, located at Ghansoli, in the outskirts of Mumbai. All the stalwarts such as Rohit Sharma, Hardik and Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav were in attendance.
Suryakumar Yadav was quoted as saying by the Indian Express, “Mumbai Indians have given the option of training to us. I am eagerly looking forward to getting there. There is nothing like the feeling of holding the bat again. I have hardly stepped out of home in the last two months and have certainly missed playing. We are told that all guidelines will be followed including social distancing. And that we might practice with the bowling machine and get some time to bat in the middle.”
There is still no decision on the IPL, as to whether it will take place or not. The ICC meeting on Wednesday couldn’t come to a conclusion if the T20 World Cup in October will take place or not. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is trying its best to get the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 scheduled sometime later this year. IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel has now confirmed that while a different window is being looked at for scheduling the tournament, officials might not mind organising it overseas after an official announcement is given by the ICC over the future of World Twenty20.
It is learnt that the BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly has written to all the state boards, to start preparing for the lucrative T20 league.