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Smith hopes IPL will be held 'at some stage'
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Smith hopes IPL will be held 'at some stage'

Steve Smith is hoping the Indian Premier League will be held ‘at some point’ as sports events across the globe have been put on hold because of the coronavirus.

The cricket calendar has struck massively because of this pandemic, including the cash-rich IPL, which was scheduled to start on March 29.

Following initial discussions, the opening match was pushed to April 15 but clouds of uncertainty still lie whether the tournament will be played or not.

"Plenty going on in the world at present, but hopefully we can get an IPL at some stage," said Smith, in a podcast published Tuesday by Rajasthan Royals.

"The two seasons that I captained the Royals were both half seasons. Shane Watson gave me the captaincy in 2015 and then last year out of the blue, I took over at the back end of the season," he added.

"Looking at having a crack at it full time and the Royals have a pretty good squad."

Aside from the IPL, Smith also has the ambitions to win a Test series in India – a place where the Aussies have generally struggled.

"As an Australian cricketer -- Ashes is always big and World Cups are big," he told in the Royals podcast.

"But now India is the number one team in the world, it's a very difficult place to play Test cricket, so I'd love to be able to win a series there," added Smith, currently the top-ranked Test batsman in the world.

Australia are not scheduled to tour India until 2022.

Smith, 30, was captain of the Australian Test side which toured India in 2017. The series was closely contested as India had edged Australia 2-1 in a four match contest.

Ricky Ponting remains the only Australian captain to have led his side to Test series win in India in 2004-5.