After interviewing nearly every possible big name of the cricket world, former England captain Kevin Pietersen has now expressed his thoughts about the future of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 which is one of the most debated topic in the country apart from the deadly virus. With COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world, the sporting calendar is facing a grinding halt with no foreseeable future as of now. The 13th edition of IPL hangs in balance as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and all eight IPL franchises are keeping fingers crossed for a full season of the cash-rich T20 tournament.

However, the chances to hold the T20 league looks bleak, Pietersen has still not thrown the towel and believes IPL should happen and it should ideally kick-start the cricket season. Expressing his views on Star Sports new sho – ‘Cricket Connected’, the 39-year-old said: “Let’s say July-August is the earliest, I do truly believe the IPL should happen”.

“I do believe it should kick-start to the cricket season. I think every single player around the world is desperate to play the IPL,” Pietersen added.

The former English batting star feels the tournament will also help the board, organizers and franchises amid the crisis by pumping in the money in the market.

“There could be a way in which to get some money into the franchises, into the economy by having a situation where you use maybe three venues which are completely closed to fans and the players can still go out and play the tournament in three weeks or in four weeks.”

Pietersen also provided a solution of holding the matches in empty stadiums and feels fans should enjoy the action from the comfort of their living rooms. “So it’s a more condensed tournament in three venues, which we know are safe, which we know are secure. I don’t think the fans need to be risked in this situation.

“I think the fans need to understand they can’t watch a live game at the moment and they might not be able to watch a live game for the foreseeable future. [But] what would you guys give right now, to watch Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings right now?” he pointed.

The BCCI is now also looking at the October-November window to host the IPL. But the move can only be possible if the ICC decides to postpone the T20 World Cup that scheduled to be held in October in Australia. IPL franchises, on their part, have decided that they will have the next meeting only after the government comes up with a fresh advisory on or after April 14.