Michael Holding feels that BCCI has the right to hold the IPL if T20 World Cup is pushed back
Former West Indies cricketer Michael Holding has commented that “the BCCI, has the right to hold the IPL, during the time slot for the T20 World Cup, if the tournament does end by being pushed back because of the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Holding feels that “if the T20 World Cup ends up being pushed back, it would be because of reasons relating to the Australian government rather than the BCCI”.
He feels that if the T20 World Cup does end up being postponed due to travel restrictions, then holding a domestic tournament like the IPL makes more sense.
Holding also commented on the recent ban on the use of saliva on the cricket ball, stating that “the new ruling should not pose any practical issues for the cricketers”.
He stated that “the players would need some time to adjust to the new situation”. Earlier last month, a panel led by former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble had recommended to the ICC that, the use of saliva on the cricket ball, should be banned, to ensure player safety.
To incentivize the bowlers the panel suggester altering the pitch to benefit the bowlers so that the contest remains even. Holding feels that “altering the pitch is not a viable option, as not all ground personnel would be capable of properly implementing these changes”.