A back injury ruled Deepak Chahar out of action for a long period in December and as per the pacer, he would have missed a few matches at the start of IPL 2020 had it started on time. The delay has given Chahar extra time to recover and he is likely to make a comeback to competitive cricket whenever the IPL starts now.
“On the personal front, this (coronavirus problem) will give me extra time to get back on the track. Had IPL started on time, there was a possibility I would have missed out on a few initial games,” Chahar told The Times of India.
The India pacer also revealed that BCCI had shut down National Cricket Academy (NCA) a few days back due to the coronavirus outbreak. This saw him return home but Chahar continues to train and he had ordered basic gym equipment.
The right-arm pacer had suffered back issues during the second ODI against West Indies. At first, he was only expected to miss a few matches but later, it was revealed that Chahar was set to stay out of action for a long period.
He missed the home ODI series against Australia and wasn’t available for the New Zealand tour as well.
The BCCI had to delay the start of IPL 2020 to April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Looking at the current situation, it is unlikely that the league will take place in the month of April or May. BCCI is likely to organise the league later this year, even if few overseas players back out due to scheduling issues. A final call regarding this year’s edition is expected to be taken by the BCCI, on Tuesday (March 24), following a conference call with all the franchises (March 24), as per reports.