It's Hugely Disappointing That IPL Not Taking Place In India: Steve Smith

Ruben Hill
August 1, 2020

Smith stated players will have to adapt to the conditions of the UAE but that's not going to be a problem as according to him, everyone will be eager to just get on the field and play good quality cricket following the coronavirus stoppage.

He said, 'The top players of nearly all the franchises are from South Africa and it would be right for us to take them from the chartered aircraft to the UAE. A couple of our players have played in the UAE in 2014 and have the experience. "Everyone going in with same sort of preparation", the former Australian skipper said.

On the Red Bull produced docu-series, Smith said it was a different experience with cameras following the players everywhere. "I hope that he doesn't keep that up when we tour England next but he can certainly save that up for the IPL", Smith added on a light-hearted note. So when profit is designed on that variety of funds BCCI invests it back again into initially-course cricket. And just like others, Steve Smith is also disappointed over the same. One reason for his poor scores can be attributed to missing out on an entire season in 2018 due to the ball tampering episode.

Smith, who was in a league of his own in last year's epic Ashes series, where he aggregated 774 runs in four Tests and seven innings, said adapting to the conditions and especially following a long break will be key. On the brighter side, his winning percentage stands at 75 (winning nine out of 13 games), is the best in the IPL. "The reasoning from the coaching team a year ago in particular was firstly to unlock Smith's batting potential. Having said that, we are ready", Usmani said. "And that communication helped as we won three out of five matches then", Royals COO Jake Luch McCrum said.

Earlier this month, the ICC cleared the path for the BCCI to conduct the IPL by postponing this year's T20 World Cup. "I have seen Stokes go from strength to strength. So there is one franchise which might ensure players get tested before they assemble in their city of departure", another BCCI source said. They believe that it is tough to arrange net bowlers for all the eight teams, and they want the number of non-playing staff to be reduced to accommodate more players. On the family front, Smith admitted that staying in a bio-secure environment away from "loved ones" is extremely hard but elite cricketers like him hardly have any option.

"It will be hard for anyone to be away from their loved ones for extended periods of time but you kind of get used to it playing worldwide cricket, quite often staying apart for long times and trying to make it work", said Smith.

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