Far from the packed stands of the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur that cheer for him every summer, this year’s Indian Premier League will be held in a foreign land, but Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith is relieved cricket has resumed after the prolonged break forced by the pandemic.

Like fellow international cricketers, Smith too has waited for months as the world grapples with the Covid-19 crisis. His last game was on March 13 when Australia faced New Zealand in an ODI in Sydney.

The former Australia skipper will return to action in a limited-overs series in England, but his thoughts are already on IPL, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates from September 19 to November 8.

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