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Will be great to play in the IPL, will be nice to know more: Williamson


Kane Williamson gestures during a match. File

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is waiting for more details to come out on the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying it is always amazing to take part in India's cash-rich T20 extravaganza.

The postponement of the men's T20 World Cup in Australia -- from Oct. 18 to Nov. 15 -- due to COVID-19 pandemic, has paved the way for IPL to take place this year. The BCCI is planning to stage the tournament in UAE.

"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 said on the sidelines of a New Zealand training session at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

"And throughout this time 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.

"But I think a lot of people will be looking forward to that opportunity if at all it goes ahead safely.

"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. But there's a lot of details to come through before any final decisions will be made. It will be nice to know more," said one of the world's premier batsman Williamson who will turn out for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

Maxwell ready

Big-hitting Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell has said he has no reason not to travel for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) if everything gets ticked off.

"Any time you have a home World Cup, you are certainly looking forward to it. We felt like we had been building towards it as a T20 side," Maxwell was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.

"You wait and see (with the IPL), waiting on the judgments of other people, what you can and can't do with travel and quarantine times and all that, if everything gets ticked off there, I have no real reason not to go.

"The overseas guys get a hell of a kick playing in it, some of the best players in the world rubbing shoulders, similar to a World Cup, but on a smaller scale. If everything gets ticked off I would love to be available for it," said Maxwell who will turn out for Kings XI Punjab in the cash-rich league.

The all-rounder has been recalled to a 26-man Australian preliminary squad for a proposed six-match tour of England.

"To be home was a bit of a luxury at this time of the year. I've actually had a great time, freshened up the batteries and the mind as well," he said.

"I was always mentally getting myself ready for this time of year when there would potentially be cricket back on.

"I haven't been thinking about where we are going to end or who we are going to be playing. It was about getting my game ready, my body ready, and making sure I was ready for any series."
Australia's proposed limited-overs series in England, which will consist of three T20Is and as many ODIs, will reportedly begin on Sept. 4.

Indo-Asian News Service

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