- IPL 2020 is still uncertain and players are feeling the huge pinch. India and Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also feels that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is very important for the players both in financial and cricketing sense.
“The IPL must happen. The tournament is important for both cricketing and financial reasons,” Bhuvneshwar said at a webinar organised by GainAccess Sports.
Bhuvneshwar has been part of IPL since its second season in 2009. From last 7 seasons of IPL, Bhuvi is continuously playing for the Hyderabad Sunrisers team. InsideSport’s Moneyball tool tells us that till date, Bhuvi has earned 85 Crore as salaries from IPL teams. That is the reason, Bhuvi was seen as accepting that IPL 2020 is very important for every player for the financial reasons.
As of now, only an official word on postponement of the T20 World Cup will allow BCCI a window to plan for the IPL, which continues to remain suspended.
Bhuvi : ‘ICC should come up with some artificial way to shine the ball’
Bhuvneshwar also spoke about the need for the ICC to come up with alternative ways to let pacers shine the ball in the wake of the saliva ban.
“I hope the ICC comes up with some artificial way by which we can shine the ball. You need to do it when you bowl in swinging conditions in (places like) England. Even the spinners need it.”
The 30-year old also said that when the series against South Africa was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic, he believed that any issues caused by the virus would be over by now.
“After the first ODI against South Africa (which was washed out at Dharamshala on March 12), we were scheduled to play the second match at Lucknow, but the entire series was abandoned.
“I was coming back to the Indian team after a gap of four months, following an injury. I had then thought it (the problem created by the virus) would be soon over.”