IPL should happen as several lives depend on it: Harbhajan


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'Spectators are important, but if the situation arises, I don't mind playing without them'

Chennai Super Kings' Harbhajan Singh. AP Photo

Mumbai: Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh says he won't mind an IPL played in front of empty stadiums but the event should go ahead when the Covid19 pandemic is brought under control as lives of several people are dependent on it.

"Spectators are important, but if the situation arises, I don't mind playing without them. Yes, as a player I won't get the vibe, but this will ensure that every fan will get to watch IPL on their TV," Harbhajan, who plays for Chennai Super Kings, told Star Sports' Cricket Connected.

"We will have to be cautious about everything and should prioritise players' safety by ensuring that the match venues, team hotels, flights are properly sanitized. A lot of lives are on line so we should organise IPL when everything is fine," he added.

The BCCI has suspended the IPL till April 15 but the tournament is increasingly looking unlikely given the current nationwide lockdown to contain the virus.

"I miss matches the most, was hoping that I would get to play 17 matches (including final) after a year's gap. I miss our visits to the ground, the hordes of fans waiting to greet us, the bikes that used to ride along our bus and am sure that every fan is missing this as well," Harbhajan said.

Harbhajan said he is keeping himself fit for the league as and when it happens.

"I hope that IPL happens soon, till then I will keep myself fit," quipped the 39-year-old veteran of 103 Tests.