The BCCI is now looking to hold this year’s Indian Premier League, (IPL 2020) outside India later this year as they await a call from ICC regarding the T20 World Cup. IPL 2020 might take place either in Sri Lanka or in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) depending upon the situation and the number of coronavirus cases in the country. A BCCI official has recently shared the details of the board’s roadmap.
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, a BCCI official has said that the Indian cricket board is planning to host the cash-rich league outside India due to the large spike of COVID-19 cases in the country.
BCCI Official Opens Up On The Possibility Of Holding IPL 2020
A BCCI official in the know of developments revealed that the coronavirus pandemic might force the BCCI to shift the cash-rich league to either UAE or Sri Lanka.
“We are yet to decide on the venue but in all probability, it is going outside this year. The condition in India doesn’t look suited to have so many teams come in at one or two venues and then create an atmosphere which will be safe for the players as well as the general public even though the games may be played behind closed doors,” the BCCI official said.
“The race is between UAE and Sri Lanka and we will need to decide on where we host the league depending on the situation there with regards to the coronavirus pandemic. Logistics also need to be looked into, so we will decide soon,” the official said as quoted by Cricket Next.
Speculations Intensify Over IPL 2020 Future
IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.
On April 10, latest reports suggested that the BCCI is probing into the July window to conduct the IPL and it could take place behind closed doors.
However, all hopes once again vanished as the BCCI suspended the Indian Premier League 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 victims toll rising in India, cricket returning to India seems a possibility far from reality.