Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Simon Katich is open to the thought of getting the 2020 IPL outside India and has “no doubt” the money-wealthy league will take place in some type later in the yr. The BCCI on Thursday suspended the IPL “till further notice” in the wake of the quick-spreading COVID-19 pandemic. “Whether it would be in Australia (or elsewhere), that’s an interesting topic of conversation. There would be a few teams – us in particular at RCB, we’d be very happy for it to be played abroad, because a number of our overseas players are Australian and South African, who really would enjoy these conditions in Australia,” Katich advised SEN Radio.
“It would be interesting to see if that would eventuate but obviously it’s one of many scenarios that’s being discussed.” The IPL took place in South Africa in 2009 owing to the final elections in India on the identical time and due to the identical cause, part of the match was held in the UAE in 2014.
Katich had changed Gary Kirsten because the RCB head coach after the IPL final yr. The Virat Kohli-led crew is but to win the league. The former Australian batsman mentioned the BCCI would go away no stone unturned to stage the IPL this yr. “It’s clearly the largest T20 match in the world and the folks there love their cricket. But I believe they’re additionally reasonable to know that they’ve to sit tight and wait like everybody else in the world, and journey this out nevertheless lengthy that takes.
“There is a big financial aspect to this in phrases of what the IPL generates, not just for the Indian economic system but additionally for the franchises as effectively, and for the BCCI. I assume the factor that has to be weighed up is … there’s in all probability a bit little bit of a distinction in phrases of the IPL.
“Because of the quantity of eyeballs which can be on the IPL in India when it’s on in April and May, it is a state of affairs the place it is probably nonetheless very commercially viable being performed with empty stadiums, in order that’s one thing little doubt they’ll be weighing up.
In the past there’s been talk of ratings figures of 80 million people watching games. At the same time, there’s obviously a lot of health regulations that need to be followed to make sure that no-one’s endangered, whether that’s the public or the players and support staff.” The only window which the BCCI can target for hosting the tournament is September-November.”
For that to happen, India will have to skip the Asia Cup in Dubai or else, Cricket Australia and the International Cricket Council will have to agree to postpone the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled for October-November. Katich said pushing the T20 World Cup to later in the summer is an option.
“Potentially there’s a chance to host it later in the summer, like the (recent) Women’s T20 World Cup (which was held in February), and whether that’s an opportunity to re-jig things. “It’ll be interesting to hear those discussions [which are] probably taking place at the moment and whether that’s logistically possible with the FTP the way it is.
“But I’m sure that a T20 World Cup is a priority for all the organisers at the moment, to try and make sure that goes ahead at some point in the Australian summer given that we’re hosting it,” he added.