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Smith unsure of IPL start

29th March 2020, 13:02 by James Mason

Australian Steve Smith says the coronavirus pandemic is making it unlikely that the 2020 Indian Premier League will go ahead.

The IPL was due to get underway on March 29 but the start date has been delayed until at least mid-April because of the Covid-19 outbreak, which has affected almost every sport across the globe.

Officials are still hopeful the tournament can be completed, while England star Jos Buttler recently said he would be willing to play a shortened version of the event to ensure it took place this year.

However, Smith, who is now eligible to captain Australia again with his two-year leadership ban following the ball-tampering affair having elapsed, is not feeling as confident about the IPL being played.

"It's obviously not looking likely at the moment," Smith, set to captain Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, told Australian station Channel Nine. "I think there might be some meetings over the next couple of days to discuss what the go is with it all.

"I'm just trying to stay physically fit and mentally fresh and if it goes ahead at some point, then great. If not, then there's plenty going on in the world at the moment. Just play it day by day."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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