New Delhi: Delhi Capitals Chairman and Co-owner Parth Jindal believes the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), even if it held behind closed doors, can play a huge role in uplifting the spirits of the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The league, which was due to start on March 29, currently stands indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"COVID-19 has put LIVE sport in a difficult spot, especially in terms of fan engagement. The need for LIVE sport has never been felt in this way before, and it's vital to bring it back to heighten the morale of the population," Jindal said while speaking during a live chat with the Delhi Capitals' official Instagram handle on Wednesday.
"Globally, there are countries worse affected than India who are gradually resuming their national leagues – like the Premier League in England, and Bundesliga in Germany. Talks have begun on the NBA's comeback in America too. I feel the IPL has a huge role in uplifting the spirits of the country."
"There can be no substitute for LIVE sport. Fans may not have access to stadiums this year, but that will give the franchises and broadcasters an opportunity to innovate their fan engagement even more," he added. IANS