Caribbean Premier League (CPL) CEO Pete Russell expects the T20 league to happen as scheduled in September and hopes the BCCI figures out “its own window” for the IPL which has been indefinitely postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is a chance that the BCCI organises the IPL in September or October and which may require rescheduling the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. The CPL is scheduled to run from August 19 to September 26 and might clash with the IPL.
“We wouldn’t go up against it. While I know the BCCI is all-powerful in these things, there has to be some sensible consideration around what players and other leagues are doing,” Russell informed ESPNcricinfo.
“I think IPL would want all the West Indian players to be playing in their tournament – it wouldn’t make sense for them to play at the same time as CPL when a lot of their stars are playing with us. That would defeat the objective. I don’t think they need to do that, either. They can figure out their own window, for sure.”
The COVID-19 circumstances within the Caribbean haven’t been as alarming as within the US and Europe with the demise toll but to succeed in double figures within the six nations that host the CPL.
“It’s good that the Caribbean has locked down early, and it hasn’t been hit in the same way as the UK, for example. We’re looking at different permutations in terms of what could or couldn’t happen, but the lucky thing is that we’ve got a bit of time – we don’t have to force a decision,” Russell stated.
“I don’t think there’s any question that we’ll be able to play it. We’re only going to play if it’s safe to do so, but we’ve been approached by a lot of the countries who want it to happen. The reason (for that) is that it’s a big sporting event, and it could act as a sign or a marker that the Caribbean is open for business again,” he stated.