Ashish Nehra (born 29 April 1979) is an Indian cricket coach and former cricketer who played in all formats of the game. He is often nicknamed as “‘NehraJi'” by his colleagues and fans.
Nehra announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in late 2017, with the Twenty20 International match against New Zealand on 1 November 2017 at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground his last appearance.
Nehra in IPL
Nehra joined the Indian Premier League and signed up for the Mumbai Indians franchise. He won the Man of the Match for the game versus Rajasthan Royals taking three wickets on 7 May 2008. He played for the Delhi DareDevils from 2009. He was picked up by Pune Warriors India in the 2011 IPL player auction for a sum of Rs. 3.91 crores.
In the 2014 IPL auction Nehra was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for ₹2,00,00,000. In the 2016 IPL auction Nehra was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for ₹5,50,00,000, he went on to win the 2016 Indian Premier League.
The out break of corona virus put the world to halt and many scheduled events has been postponed. The cash rich Indian Premier League has been postponed to the mid of April.
Ashish regards IPL 2020
However, the clearance from Indian Government will be an issue, but Ashish Nehra is hopeful of BCCI getting a clearance from the Government. “Even if the IPL doesn’t happen in August, there are a lot of places in India that witness rains during that month and there are high chances that lots of matches will get cancelled. If things go back to normal around the world by October, we’ll have a 100% clearance,” Ashish Nehra said on the Cricket Connected show on Star Sports.
In a recent interaction with PTI, a senior BCCI official had also talked about the difficulties in organising the IPL in September. “September is the time when there is monsoon in India. Mumbai will be underwater, there could be steady rain in Chennai. It is a decision that can’t be taken that lightly. You don’t know the situation tomorrow. Let there be a sign that the curve is flattening and normalcy can return. That’s when you start discussing options,” a senior BCCI official had been quoted as saying by PTI.
In the wake of COVID-19, BCCI has cancelled all the meetings and plans till the end of lockdown period. And now, Cricket fans and all the franchises owners have set their eyes on the BCCI’s meeting just after the lockdown.