Chances of staging the Indian Premier League this yr appear distant however the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is contemplating the August-September window in case the nation recovers from the lethal COVID-19 outbreak in time. The BCCI had postponed the IPL to April 15 within the wake of the outbreak however with extra optimistic circumstances being reported each passing day, probabilities of holding the event in April appear bleak.
The BCCI, as a part of its contingency plans, has saved open the choice of rescheduling the IPL any time between late August and early October (earlier than the T20 World Cup in Australia). This in fact hinges on the hope the illness will likely be contained within the subsequent 4 months. Depending on the way it performs out, a plan will likely be redrawn. The IPL organising workforce will likely be taking a look at all the probabilities, from the participation of international gamers to a truncated event with solely India gamers. The IPL is a large income generator for the BCCI and is essential for the wellbeing of Indian cricket.
“We are closely monitoring the situation, and we will take a call accordingly. We are looking at a window in August-September,” stated a BCCI official who didn’t wished to be named.
As per the unique schedule, India are to play the Asia Cup in September, host England for 3 ODIs and three T20s. Before going into the T20 World Cup, India are additionally scheduled to play three T20Is in Australia. India’s three-ODI tour of Zimbabwe can be set to be rescheduled. As for different groups, England host Pakistan (ends on September 2) after which Ireland (ends September 15). South Africa’s tour of West Indies ends on August 16. Australia aren’t taking part in any matches throughout this two-month interval. They will play a T20 collection in opposition to West Indies and India in October, simply earlier than the beginning of T20 World cup.
The Indian board is hopeful of pulling off this contingency plan as each the Asia Cup and the IPL has Star Sports because the frequent broadcaster. The BCCI can have to take the lead in convincing the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to postpone the Asia Cup to a later date. The broadcasters would stand to lose much more if the IPL is known as off for the Asia Cup.
Even if the BCCI finds a 37-day window for a full IPL or a smaller window for a truncated event, they may nonetheless have to establish venues that received’t be affected by monsoon at the moment.