Former Rajasthan Royals coach Paddy Upton stated canceling IPL 2020 might have some effects on players. He thinks it might leave some cricketers downhearted in terms of financial matters.
However, ex-Royals coach Paddy Upton thinks that this would not be a good move and might create emotional and financial insecurity amongst players.
“For athletes, there would be a range of experiences, from welcome relief for the established to anxiety and insecurity, both professionally and financially, for possibly a greater number,” Upton told Times of India.
“Fringe players and those at the early stages of their career, especially those who have very recently broken through to the next level, would naturally be feeling this break very disruptive,” he further added.
Upton stated, “Naturally IPL is a huge highlight on the calendar for many cricketers, and a cash cow. Anxiety and depression arise within healthy and normal people, when they spend too much time focusing firstly on themselves, and secondly on the problems that they are having.”
“I would caution not only athletes but everyone, to use their awareness to guard against this prevalent threat. The way to overcome it is to focus on other people, caring for them, and at the same time looking for opportunities that are available due to this additional time,” he added.
Upton further added, people should take a look at the bigger perspectives of life when their lives have come to a standstill.
“What’s important is to ensure we maintain a bigger perspective of our lives, specifically taking care of all the facets that make up who we are as humans, which include looking after the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our lives,” he stated.
“Being proactive in each of the areas I mentioned, ensuring that we are productively building each facet of our life, moving towards solutions, rather than sitting and doing nothing and over-worrying about current or future problems,” Upton stated.