IPL in UAE will level playing field for T20 World Cup: Maxwell
Dashing Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell believes having the IPL in the UAE levels the playing field “a fair bit” in the T20 World Cup to be held at the same venue in October and November.
The remainder of this year’s IPL ends on October 15 with the T20 World Cup getting underway on October 17 with the qualifying-round matches in Oman.
“The tournament being in UAE probably levels the playing field a little bit,” Maxwell, who plays for Royal Challenger Bangalore in the IPL, told icc-cricket.com. “Probably makes it a little bit easier as there’s not as much of a home advantage in the UAE.
“For the IPL to be there and to have a lot of international players that are potentially going to be in that World Cup, I think it's probably levelled the playing field a fair bit.”
Maxwell said the IPL stint will help in the preparation of the Australians.
“Our bowlers are going to be up and firing by the time
the tournament starts. I can assure you everyone is looking forward to hitting the ground running over there,” he emphasised.