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BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal has opened up on IPL 2020 being held in India sooner than later and what impact will it have on the country. The possibility surely depends on the postponement of the ICC T20 World Cup which was scheduled to take place in October and November this year.
IPL 2020 was slated to start from March 29 2020. But with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the BCCI suspended it indefinitely. On Wednesday itself, certain media reports emerged suggesting that the BCCI is probing into the September-November window to conduct IPL.
Now, Arun Dhumal has opened up on the possibilities of having a tournament and how it will impact the countrymen after a huge crisis.
Arun Dhumal Opens Up On IPL 2020
“Yes, it will lift the mood of the country, for sure,” Dhumal told Indian Express. “Some people say that BCCI is just bothered about IPL for the money involved and criticise us, but no one is taking time out to understand the economics part of it. It’s not just about entertainment – it’s about the business it gets and the employment it generates across many sectors. It will boost the economy in many sectors which are dependent on our tournaments. And obviously if IPL happens, player safety would be paramount,” he added.
“If IPL doesn’t happen, then it will be difficult to sustain cricketing activities. That is the biggest revenue head for BCCI. It’s because of IPL and cricket that we are able to hold 2000 domestic matches every year. It directly impacts lives of every cricketer from domestic to juniors, to officials,” Dhumal further said.
Everyone Should Be Informed Soon About The T20 World Cup: Arun Dhumal
Dhumal called for a quick decision on the ICC T20 World Cup 2020, the fate of which hangs in the balance. An ICC board met on June 10 and pushed the decision on the tournament to a further date.
“If Australia hosts the T20 World Cup this year, we won’t mind playing it obviously but if it isn’t happening, everyone should be informed soon so that we can make other plans,” he said.
“It’s not only about BCCI in this current situation, world cricket has to come together to meet this challenge. There is no point in delaying the issue, we need to discuss and decide things immediately so that we can have a roadmap for the future,” Dhumal said.
“If the World Cup isn’t happening, then all cricket boards will have a window available and they can take a call whether they want to have a bilateral series or something else to make up for the revenue loss they have incurred. It is not a question of just IPL, at least one can plan better. Not just us, everyone,” Arun Dhumal concluded.