Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia admits that organising IPL 2020 will not be easy in the current health crisis. Wadia feels there are a lot of complications and the BCCI will need to tick the right boxes in staging the glamorous T20 league. BCCI is targeting to host the IPL in September-October window but they need ICC to take a final call on the T20 World Cup.
The Indian board has already started its planning to host the T20 league and the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had also confirmed the same recently. The BCCI is also open to host the event behind closed doors and they are also ready to shift the IPL overseas. Sri Lanka Cricket and UAE have extended helping hands to host the IPL.
Adequate infrastructure is needed – Ness Wadia
Meanwhile, Ness Wadia feels that the BCCI will need to finalise a place which has adequate infrastructure both on and off the field. Maharashtra has four cricket stadiums but the state has recorded the maximum number of Covid-19 cases in the country. As September-October is time for the monsoon season, it is expected that the southern cities like Bangalore and Chennai will host the majority of the matches.
On the other hand, the chances of T20 World Cup are slim given the travelling restrictions in Australia. As 15 teams will need to travel to Australia, the global event is likely to be deferred.
“Considering the current situation, there are too many complications in hosting the T20 World Cup with 16 teams. Organising the IPL won’t be easy too. It has to be at a place which has adequate infrastructure, both on and off the field,” Ness Wadia told PTI news agency.
On the other hand, BCCI had hosted the second season of the IPL in South Africa due to general elections in the country. Furthermore, the first half of the 2014 season was hosted by UAE due to the same reason. Hence, once again the tournament can be hosted overseas if the BCCI doesn’t get a green chit from the Indian government.
“IPL has also been a very forward looking and flexible tournament, and that has to be maintained during the COVID situation. Going back to 2009, within one month we switched from India to South Africa,” Ness Wadia said.