Though the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is trying their best to organise the IPL 2020 in India, the continuous rising of coronavirus pandemic in the country is playing the huge barrier of it. While the BCCI is looking for the alternative options to organise the IPL 2020, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Emirates Cricket Board have reportedly wished to host the IPL 2020.
Moreover, recently, a BCCI official told PTI that New Zealand also offered the Indian board to host the upcoming IPL season in that country. However, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has now confirmed that those were only speculations as they haven’t offered anything like that.
NZC spokesperson Richard Boock told Radio New Zealand, “The report is simply speculation. We have not offered to host the IPL nor have we had an approach to do so.”
New Zealand has handled the coronavirus pandemic very well as the spread of the virus is very lower-rate in this country, even once it became the coronavirus-free country for a few days. As the country is very safe now, the rumours were slowly growing up that New Zealand could be a possible option to host the IPL 2020, though the difference in time zone can be a big barrier for this. However, now the NZC has clarified their negative status about the hosting IPL 2020.
BCCI can decide the fate of the IPL 2020 soon
So, if the BCCI fails to organise the IPL 2020 in India, the tournament can be played either Sri Lanka or the United Arab Emirates. The BCCI will decide on the future of IPL 2020 after knowing the fate of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, which has been scheduled from 18th October to 15th November 2020 in Australia. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is likely to postpone the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, which will open up the much-needed window to host the IPL 2020.
Earlier, the IPL 13 was scheduled to be played between 29th March and 24th May 2020. But when all the eight teams were focusing to begin their team practice session just ahead of the new season, the tournament was postponed for an indefinite period due to the coronavirus pandemic.