New posts sign in menu 

Cricket News

Williamson eases back into training, has one eye on IPL developments

by  Zidii  •  Last updated on 2020-07-23 16:19:22

The scheduling of the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League may still be in the works with several logistical hurdles to be crossed, but the T20 World Cup's postponement and Tuesday's admission by IPL chairman Brijesh Patel about the possibility of the tournament's conduct in the UAE have piqued interest around the cricketing world.

Kane Williamson for one is happy to wait and watch the developments unfold but is relishing the possibility of playing the T20 tournament once more. "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," the New Zealand captain said.

"[There is] nothing concrete, with the postponement [of the T20 World Cup] announced only a day or two ago, no doubt there's a lot of organising that needs to be done or any sort of decision is made, and I guess they are wanting to make sure that things are planned before speaking to players with any certainty.

"Like a lot of things, even with the season ahead, there's a lot of speculation and hope for a lot of cricket, much like there's hope for the IPL to go ahead. But at this point in time it's sort of coming back after a break, easing back into cricket and hope that these things will happen."

As the sport attempts to sputter back into action, Williamson reflected on the cataclysmic effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand's relative success in mitigating the crisis and also on how much work still remains to be done around the world. The 29-year-old is optimistic that the powers that be can bring the sport back to its feet.

"It's such an incredible time and having to consider these things," he said of the situation. "Nobody would have thought in their lifetime that you would have to think like this and those things do run through your mind. Everybody perhaps has a slightly different view and perspective on it depending on their situation and their own ideas but from my perspective, if the safety was ensured - I know as a country it's been incredible the way we've been able to handle it but we're a small part of the world and to a large extent we're all in it together.

"You certainly want to see it improve so much worldwide and it's so much more of a challenge with countries that have huge populations but in terms of the IPL as an isolated event, they're looking at the best options to host it in a safe place where people can be quarantined much like you're seeing with other sports around the world. Like I said, there's a lot of planning still to be done to make sure that happens and we only know what we know and that's no different from what you're hearing."

New Zealand's cricketers returned to training in batches last week despite the cancellation of their winter assignments. They remain, as yet, hopeful of a full home season as well as a white-ball tour to Australia early in January 2021. Williamson said it will be good to meet up with the full team once more, and begin training in earnest in anticipation of a tight playing schedule in the near future.

"I know the guys are really looking forward to catching up, it's been a long time. The team is getting back into training and potential cricket is on the horizon so the players want to be ready," he said.

"The training recently has been very light, just been at home doing nothing. But as we know, the schedule of the international game over the last few years has got busier and busier, and it is something you consider, not just the captaincy but as a player, you wanting to be going in that upward trend in terms of learning and performance.

"And as the volume gets greater, we are not used to having a week at home, let alone two weeks and lockdown, so it was a unique experience for the players, just to be at home for a period of time. And to try and refresh. I think the guys were trying to view it that way and have a positive slant on the experiences that we had."