Great to play IPL in UAE but lot of planning needs to be done: Williamson

Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Kane Williamson plays a shot during an IPL T20 cricket match against Delhi Daredevils in Hyderabad. File photo: PTI

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on Wednesday said he is excited about playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE but a lot of "planning and organising still needs to be done" amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper spoke to the media on the sidelines of the national team's training camp after the ICC postponed the T20 World Cup due to the pandemic.

"Like I said, considering what it actually looks like where it is and all the details that come with it, to play in the IPL is always an amazing thing so, absolutely, it will be great to play in it and be a part of it," Williamson said but also wanted to know more about security arrangements.

"But there's a lot of details to come through before any final decisions will be made. It will be nice to know more."

"By all accounts the IPL, they're looking to host that tournament which is a fantastic tournament to be a part of and attracts such an incredible audience," he added.

Williamson said he foresees good viewership for the IPL when it happens as people are starved of live sports right now.

"...there's been a natural lack of content so there is a real drive to see that happen and see it happen safely, which is first and foremost.

"It's a shame to see the World Cup be postponed but I suppose it's the nature of what we're faced with in the current climate but exciting at the potential opportunity individually to see some cricket come on to the horizon," he said.

Williamson also welcomed the move to have an IPL at a safe place like the UAE as India's case load is above 11 lakh.

"...in terms of the IPL as an isolated event, they're looking at the best options to host it in a safe place where people can be quarantined much like you're seeing with other sports around the world.

"Like I said, there's a lot of planning still to be done to make sure that happens and we only know what we know and that's no different from what you're hearing," Williamson added.


(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel