With the T20 World Cup slated later this year, former Australian cricketer and current coach Justin Langer on Monday said that he feels the cash-rich Indian Premier League is the tournament for cricketers to prepare for the marquee event in Australia.

He also said how determined he was that the Australian cricketers play the IPL before the coronavirus pandemic postponed the start and now with India on a 21-day lockdown, it seems unlikely that the tournament will take place.

“Before this crisis started to unravel, we were absolutely determined for our guys to play the IPL,” Langer was quoted as saying by foxsports.co.au.

“Because with the T20 World Cup coming up, there’s no better grounding, no better practice, no better tournament for them to get ready for that,” he added.

He felt not just the cricketers, but the two countries are at stake as the count of positive coronavirus cases keeps increasing.

“But obviously things have changed a lot. The health of not only our individual players but also our country and India as a whole is paramount here,” Langer said.

Langer, who is also a member of the national selection panel, insists he is not stressed about picking players as Australia has a well-settled side.

The Aaron Finch-led side defeated South Africa 2-1 in the three-match T20 series in February.

“In terms of selection, I’m not too stressed about it … one or two positions in our World Cup side are up for grabs. It’s a very, very settled team. We played great cricket against South Africa,” he added.

Australia is scheduled to start their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on October 24 in Sydney.