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The Board of Control for Cricket in India CEO Rahul Johri is hopeful that the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be possible with the International players after the monsoon season. There is still a lot of doubts over the IPL and it was reported yesterday (May 20) that the BCCI is eyeing to host the tournament from September 25 to November 1.
Recently the Ministry of Home Affairs gave permission to re-open the stadiums in the country, which has come as a new ray of hope to the Indian board for the IPL. However, there are still travel restrictions from overseas but the domestic flights will restart from May 25. Thus, there are doubts over the participation of foreign players in the IPL.
There is a ray of hope for the IPL.
In fact, there is no doubt that the BCCI will want the support of foreign boards to send their players to India for the IPL. It is also well known that the Indian board will suffer a huge loss of INR 4000 crores if the IPL doesn’t happen in 2020.
Johri said at TCM Sports Huddle Webinar, “We will be guided by the government guidelines. Our advisory says: IPL is suspended till further notice. We are engaging with various agencies. After the current phase of lockdown ends, there is the monsoon. Cricketing activities can start only after the monsoon. By then, hopefully, things will improve.”
Furthermore, a lot depends on whether the T20 World Cup is postponed or not. It is anticipated that the IPL can be deferred and then the Indian board can take the window of October-November. A final call on the T20 World Cup will be taken on May 28 at the ICC Board meeting.
IPL can take place in October-November.
Johri added that there are a lot of hurdles to be crossed if the IPL is to take place. Players could even be asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days before practice and it is not going to be an easy ride.
“When flights resume, everyone has to quarantine themselves before playing. We will have to look at how that will impact the schedules, which as it is are tight. Imagine you have to factor in 14-day quarantine prior to practice also. So, there are a lot of moving parts. But we are still optimistic. Hopefully, the situation will improve after the monsoon, and we will approach it then,” he said.
Furthermore, the IPL will take place behind closed doors which is going to give a completely different look to the tournament.