Kane Williamson. (Source: BCCI)

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said on Wednesday that he was excited to play the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates, but a lot of planning still needs to be done in view of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad captain spoke to the media after the national team’s training camp. The ICC has also postponed the T20 World Cup due to this epidemic.

Williamson said, “It is a shame to see the World Cup postponed, but I believe it is bound to be the situation given the current situation.”

The New Zealand captain said, “Looking at the IPL, they are looking for the best option to host it, where people can be isolated as you see with other sports around the world.”

Earlier, the BCCI had also planned to host a training camp for the centrally contracted players in UAE.

Mumbai Indians are the defending champions. The MI franchise is the most successful team who have won the title four times, while CSK have won it thrice.

Kolkata Knight Riders have won it twice while Rajasthan Royals, Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad have won it once.

IPL was slated to begin at the end of March and MI would have taken on CSK in the opening encounter of the tournament at the iconic Wankhede stadium.

The IPL has been held overseas twice. The 2009 edition took place in South Africa while UAE hosted half of the season in 2014 due to the general elections in India.


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