Coronavirus COVID-19: Don't mind playing IPL 2020 in empty stadiums, says Harbhajan Singh

Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday (April 7) said that he is open to the idea of playing Indian Premier League 2020 in empty stadiums but the BCCI should go ahead with the tournament when the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control as several livelihoods are dependent on the it.

Coronavirus COVID-19: Don't mind playing IPL 2020 in empty stadiums, says Harbhajan Singh

Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday (April 7) said that he is open to the idea of playing Indian Premier League 2020 in empty stadiums but the BCCI should go ahead with the tournament when the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control as several livelihoods are dependent on the it.

"Spectators are important, but if the situation arises, I don't mind playing without them. Yes, as a player I won't get the vibe, but this will ensure that every fan will get to watch IPL on their TV," Harbhajan, who plays for Chennai Super Kings, told Star Sports' Cricket Connected.

"We will have to be cautious about everything and should prioritise players' safety by ensuring that the match venues, team hotels, flights are properly sanitized. A lot of lives are on line so we should organise IPL when everything is fine," he added.

The BCCI has suspended the IPL till April 15 but the tournament is increasingly looking unlikely given the current nationwide lockdown to contain the virus.

"I miss matches the most, was hoping that I would get to play 17 matches (including finals) after a year's gap. I miss our visits to the ground, the hordes of fans waiting to greet us, the bikes that used to ride along our bus and am sure that every fan is missing this as well," Harbhajan said.

Harbhajan said he is keeping himself fit for the league as and when it happens. "I hope that IPL happens soon, till then I will keep myself fit," quipped the 39-year-old veteran of 103 Tests.