"As you know, the teams coming from the West Indies and Pakistan to England for the Test series, they were in quarantine for some time and they (the West Indies and England) played without a crowd", said Abbas. He is a player who wants to be involved whether he is batting, bowling or fielding. Everyone is going in with the same sort of preparations, which is nice...
"I haven't played a game since February (March 13)".
"If we aren't able to get back to a level of normalcy from then - it could take longer - we'll see the real impact on our domestic cricket and grassroots cricket". Conditions in Dubai can be similar to what you get in India or it can be different, it's about adapting on the run to what the condition suits.
"It will be great being back to playing some cricket". One section believes that the number of players should be limited so that it is to prepare the bio-secure bubble in UAE and the logistics will be easier to handle.
Australia will resume their global calendar with a white-ball series against England and Smith said that nothing better than getting to play some quality cricket after almost seven months. "We don't have any message as of now from DC, but they are more than welcome to the Kotla". Though the IPL teams took smaller squad to UAE when the IPL was held in Emirates in 2014 but this time the entire duration of the tournament is being held in the Gulf country and the situation is different. "Guys are gonna be just jumping out of their skin to get into there and play some quality cricket".
After IPL Governing Council Chairman confirmed that the 13 edition of the tournament will take place from September 19 to November 8, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking to shift the final to November 10 while keeping the schedule of India's tour of Australia in mind. Obviously it's disappointing that it's not in India. "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 global cricket, quite often staying apart for long times and trying to make it work", he signed off. "But to get the tournament up and give everyone a chance to play, it's incredible what has been going behind the scene", Smith said. Meetings, filming every little step on the way.