Brisbane: Australian coach Justin Langer loves the Indian Premier League (IPL) but questioned the timing of last season, saying that the league has also contributed to the injury of so many cricketers from India and Australia in the current series.
The IPL was played in the UAE between September and November due to the Corona epidemic. It usually occurs in India in April – May. Many players from India have been injured since the IPL and the Australia team is also struggling with fitness problems. Langer said at a virtual press conference, 'The list of injuries this season is long. I think the timing of IPL 2020 was not right. Especially not before such a big series.
Major Indian players Mohammad Shami, KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav were out of the series due to injuries and now fresh names Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari and Jaspreet Bumrah have also been added. Australia's David Warner could not play the first 2 Tests.
Langer, however, praised the IPL and said, 'I like IPL. It is the same as county cricket in my younger days. Cricket skills used to be developed by playing the county and now the limited overs game from the IPL is improving. He said, 'But this time the timing was not right. How many players are injured in both teams which can also be an effect of the league. I am sure it will be reviewed. '
Asked how much impact Bumrah and Jadeja would have on not playing, he said, "There will definitely be a lot of impact." But I think it is now a matter of winning the best fit. The fourth Test will start here from January 15.