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Cummins ready to play IPL behind closed doors
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Cummins ready to play IPL behind closed doors

Pat Cummins says he is prepared to play the Indian Premier League behind closed doors as it would restore a degree of "normality" following the halt of cricket due to coronavirus pandemic.

The 26-year-old, who was named ICC Test player of the year, told the BBC that it would mean fans would get to see some action in their homes.

The IPL season, scheduled to take place from March 29, was pushed to April 15 following the closure of borders to prevent the virus from spreading. There hasn’t been a confirmation whether the tournament will be played partially at some point or cancelled this year.

The other problem for Cummins and his Aussie compatriots is there are restrictions on Australians travelling to other countries.

Cummins was sold to the Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping INR 15.5 crore, which made it the most expensive overseas purchase in the history of IPL.

"Of course -- whatever it takes to try and get cricket up and play those big events safely," said Cummins when asked about playing in front of empty stands.

"The first priority is safety but the second one is getting back to normality.

"It's finding that balance. If that unfortunately means no crowds for a while then that's that but hopefully people can watch at home on television."

Cummins's outstanding cricketing year 2019 was recognised on Wednesday when he was announced as one of the five cricketers of the year by Wisden magazine.

"The first I heard about it was a couple of months ago," he said.

"The award is held in high regard in Australia, I remember my dad and grandad talking about it.

"It caught me off guard to get it but I feel very honoured and privileged to win it. I had to keep it quiet, I hadn't told anyone."