Chairman of the Indian Premier League, Brijesh Patel has knowledgeable that the IPL may very well be held someday in September-October nevertheless it is determined by the way forward for the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup.
A call relating to the Asia Cup, which Sri Lanka is able to host in September, and the T20 World Cup – scheduled to be held between October 18 to November 15 – is but to be taken and the BCCI has reportedly zeroed in on this window to stage the 13th version of the IPL, which at the moment stands postponed indefinitely as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are looking at the September-October window but that is subject to the postponement of the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. We will also have to follow the government guidelines at that time,” Patel informed PTI.
As the variety of Coronavirus instances in India proceed to rise, the probabilities of the IPL going down look bleak. President of the BCCI Sourav Ganguly has clarified that the board is doing all the things in its energy to ensure the event takes place, even when which means the IPL is held in empty stadiums.
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However, with international locations like Sri Lanka and the UAE exhibiting curiosity to be host to the IPL, Patel feels the thought of the event being held abroad is a risk. In the previous, twice has the IPL been held exterior of India with South Africa hosting the second version in 2009 and UAE hosting the primary half of IPL 2014.
“First preference is India of course but a lot will depend on the situation at that time. Sri Lanka has offered to host it and so has UAE, we will see where we can play. If you are playing without crowds, it doesn’t matter where you play,” stated Patel.
It’s little shocking that the BCCI is exploring all choices to make sure the IPL goes on. If not held, the board is estimated to incur losses price Rs 4000 crore and that isn’t the sort of state of affairs the BCCI want to get itself in. Usually, an IPL season lasts almost two months, however in this case don’t be stunned if this yr’s version is a truncated one.
“We want normal duration for the tournament but again it depends on which tournament (Asia Cup or World Cup) is postponed,” Patel stated. “IPL is an important tournament for the board, sponsors, broadcasters and the players. Everyone wants it to happen. I am sure the players are itching to take the field.”
Another option the BCCI could be considering on is hosting the IPL as a alternative for the T20 World Cup if the ICC occasion is postponed. The ICC has twice deferred its choice on the destiny of the T20 World Cup 2020 and Patel believes the earlier the decision is out, the faster can the BCCI weigh its choices.
“I think the ICC will take a call soon. If the World Cup is happening, then teams need to start preparing too. Also, World Cup without crowd is no World Cup but you can play an IPL behind closed doors,” he stated.