IPL 2020: Decision-Makers Are Divided Over Hosting The Tournament In India Or Outside India

IPL 2020: Decision-Makers Are Divided Over Hosting The Tournament In India Or Outside India

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As the Indian government is now trying to ease the lockdown process, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now more hopeful to organise the 13th edition of the IPL in this year. While a big question is now arising whether the IPL 2020 will be organised in India or outside India, the decision-makers are divided on this matter.

IPL 2020 was initially scheduled to be run between 29th March and 24th May 2020. While every team was getting ready to start their training camp ahead of beginning the new season, the coronavirus has forced to postpone this tournament for the indefinite period.

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As around INR 4000 crore is at stake, the BCCI will face a large amount of revenue loss if they fail to organise the IPL 2020. But at first, the board has to find out a new window to successfully organise this tournament after rescheduling it.

Australia will organise the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 from 18th October to 15th November 2020. However, the Cricket Australia (CA) and International Cricket Council (ICC) are really doubtful about the fate of this tournament, which raises the big chance of postponement. If this tournament gets postponed, the BCCI can utilise this window for the IPL 2020.

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The decision-makers are divided by 3-2 over the hosting IPL 2020 in India or outside India

Now, the BCCI has another big question and that is about the possible venues for the IPL 2020. A BCCI official has recently revealed that decision-makers are currently divided by 3-2 over the talk of hosting the IPL in India or outside India.

Some officials believe that it will create a strong atmosphere inside the country if India hosts the IPL 2020. They feel that the country will handle the tournament positively.

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According to Khaleej Times, the BCCI official said, “See, it is a case of the decision-makers being divided 3-2 if that is how you wish to understand the current scenario. Without going into the names of who said what, all I can tell you is that the general feeling is that having the league in India would not only be a sign of positivity amongst the people of the country but will also help as we will not need to travel abroad and act to a fresh set of guidelines.”

On the other hand, the other officials believe that the tournament should be the priority, which leads to moving the cash-rich tournament to a safer place than India. They are giving priorities for safety.

The official added, “But then, there are a couple of voices who also feel that having the tournament should be the priority and if that means taking it out of the country, so be it. So, while we are working on the overall plan, the venue is an area which will need further deliberation. Also, at the end of the day safety of the players and everyone involved is a priority.”

Earlier, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has wished to host the IPL 2020. Now, the Emirates Cricket Board has reportedly offered to the BCCI to host the IPL 2020.

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