Due to coronavirus fears, IPL 2020 could be played behind closed doors. RCB's Aaron Finch feels it would be weird to play without spectators at stadiums
Bengaluru: Due to the coronavirus outbreak across the globe, there is uncertainty over the hosting of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Also, there is a possibility that the cash-rich league being played behind closed doors. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus pandemic.
Though it is still not official from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on what measures they would take before playing IPL 2020 in Indian, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) Australian recruit Aaron Finch has spoken about how it would feel to play in front of an empty stadium.
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“It would be weird to play in an empty stadium, no doubt,” Australia limited-overs captain Finch was quoted as saying by espncricinfo when asked about the possibility of playing IPL 13 matches without spectators at the stadiums.
He added, “You get so accustomed to the atmosphere of the fans who ride the momentum, especially at home with the Australian fans who support us so well. If it comes to that we'll wait and see, I saw the NBA being suspended for the near future. It's interesting to see, not ideal obviously. A lot of people effected which is unfortunate.”
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Finch was bought by RCB for Rs 4.40 crore at the IPL players auction in December 2019, said he had not received any updates from the franchise about coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The franchises have been great in updating players pretty much daily on how that looks and will affect anything going forward. We are just concentrating on tomorrow, I know it's difficult when it's a pandemic now. It's going to be tough, no doubt they'll be some restrictions in place for teams, fans and grounds,” the right-handed batsman said.
The IPL Governing Council (GC) is set to meet on Saturday (March 14) to take a decision on IPL 2020.
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Last Updated Mar 12, 2020, 10:41 AM IST