Former South African Cricketer Mark Boucher says that the ICC T20 World 2021 will be a low-scoring tournament due to the Indian Premier League.
The IPL was suspended in may earlier, following COVID positive cases inside the team bubbles. The tournament is set to resume from September in the UAE. Boucher feels that the IPL will affect the nature of pitches in the UAE for the T20 World Cup. The wickets might get worn out and support the spinners massively, adds Boucher.
“The wickets after the IPL are going to be a bit dry. It’s not the same as we are used to back in South Africa where you can go out and bash your way to 180 to 200 runs. You’ve got to be skillful here; you’ve got to be smart.
If anything, it’s going to go even further into subcontinent conditions, on the extreme side. They are playing the IPL there, there are not a lot of grounds and those wickets are going to be worn, so scores will probably go even further down,” Boucher was quoted as saying to ESPNCricinfo.
Spinners will play a massive role: Mark Boucher
The Proteas head coach added that the spinners will hold a massive advantage, as the wickets will be more on dry side.
“It’s going to be tough to bat on especially at the back end as we saw here. We will have an idea of what scores are going to be by watching the IPL and then taking a look and assess how the wickets are playing during the beginning part of the World Cup. I suspect spinners will play a massive role. ” Boucher said.
Mark Boucher is the head coach of the South African Cricket Team. They clinched the five-match T20 International series against West Indies by 3-2. South Africa won the decider by 25 runs.