Former India cricketer Madan Lal feels that problems for Mahendra Singh Dhoni will increase if Indian Premier League (IPL) does not happen due to the on-going coronavirus crisis in the nation. In a recent interview, Lal who is a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (ACC) said, “See, there are problems for MS Dhoni. He has not played cricket post-World Cup. If the IPL does not happen, problems for MSD will further increase. I don’t know what the team management, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli or the selectors are thinking.”
Dhoni last played for India during 2019 World Cup which took place in England and since then has taken a long break from cricket. He was slated to return to the cricket field for the 13th season IPL on March 29. But however, the coronavirus outbreak in the nation forced BCCI to postpone the league until April 15.
As the IPL T20 World Cup 2020 is approaching, Lal believes that problems for Dhoni will further increase. “The selector would want MS Dhoni to first played cricket and then they select him. Team management and selectors have a huge responsibility. I feel that problems have increased. MS has played a lot of cricket and he was one of the best captains. I think he should himself tell what he thinks to the selectors and then the selectors will be able to think,” Lal added.
The ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played between 18th October and 15th November. The matches will be played across 7 venues in Australia.
Talking about IPL, the tournament might get further postponed as PM Narendra Modi has extended the nationwide lockdown till 3rd May.
Lal said that it is tough to organize the IPL tournament till the time the coronavirus crisis come to an end.
Lal also urged the people to follow the government’s guidelines to contain COVID-19. “I want to say that in this tough situation, we should follow what the government is saying and adhere to the lockdown because till we follow that, we will not be able to tackle this virus” said Lal.