Explosive Australian opener David Warner has said that he wishes to see at least 25 percent of the ground filling up with spectators like football games when India tours Australia after the conclusion of the IPL. Talking about the IPL, he opined that it's difficult to stay away from family.
One of the most anticipated and awaited cricket tours of the year will be when Australia and India clash with each other later this year. It will be an epic Test series given that Australia will be playing their full-strength side with David Warner and Steve Smith being back in the side. Last time in their absence, the Virat Kohli-led India had registered their first-ever bilateral Test series win in Australia 2-1.
Australia's batting had struggled big-time with India's efficient bowling and lack of quality in their batting unit, which would be the case for any team if the best two players miss out. As much as Warner is looking forward to the big series, he also wants at least 25 percent crowds in the ground when both the competitive teams lock horns later this year.
"Well, I am looking forward to the tour which will be a great battle between two very highly competitive teams. And, I hope at least 25 per cent crowds will be allowed as was the case with some football matches. That will be fantastic," Warner said during a virtual media interaction, reported TOI.
The SRH captain also lauded the BCCI for staging the IPL in difficult times and also stated that players will need to be smart with how they go about things. However, he quipped that it will not be easy to stay away from family for a long time.
"It is difficult for some to be away from their families for such a long time. But, I do believe once the event starts, the players will be more focussed on the game. I think the BCCI and the hosts here have done a fantastic job to get the IPL going.
"All the players have to do is to be smart, look after their mental aspect well by doing small things to be fresh for any challenges. You play the game as the rest of things are being taken care off in these testing times during the pandemic. With no crowds at the ground which any team would miss, everyone will stay in a competitive frame of mind once the event gets along."
The 2016 IPL champions SRH will take on the finalists of that year, RCB, on September 21 at Dubai international stadium.