IPL Not Possible Right Now With Travel Restrictions - BCCI

IPL Not Possible Right Now With Travel Restrictions – BCCI Treasurer

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India Treasurer Arun Dhumal has confirmed that the IPL is still not possible as there are travel restrictions. As India has entered the fourth phase of the lockdown, the MHA has given a green signal to the re-opening of the stadiums, which has given a new ray of hope to the IPL.

The tournament was expected to begin from March 29 but it was indefinitely postponed. There are reports emerging that the IPL can take October-November window of the T20I World Cup, which could be deferred. The final call could be taken on the T20I World Cup in the ICC Board Meeting on May 28.

Chennai Super Kings, IPL
Chennai Super Kings. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

IPL may take place in October-November.

Meanwhile, there is no iota of doubt that the IPL, if it takes place will be played behind closed doors. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had revealed that the Indian board will suffer a huge loss of INR 4000 crores if the IPL doesn’t happen in 2020.

“The IPL at the moment is not possible because travel restrictions are still there. So, how can you have the IPL without any travel happening? We are studying these guidelines and will study state governments’ guidelines also. Accordingly, we will plan,” Dhumal said.

Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a notification that the stadiums can be opened. Thus, local players can begin their training. However, the Indian national players are scattered across the country and still can not train together.

All-Stars Match, IPL 2020, Venue
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“At a local level, cricketers can go to stadiums and resume outdoor training. But the entire team cannot get together because players are scattered.,” Dhumal said.

On the other hand, Dhumal understands that the T20I World Cup is an ICC event and the governing body will do its best to organize the tournament as it is scheduled from October 18 to November 18. However, there will be a lot of hurdles for the ICC such as the traveling of 15 teams to Australia and the boards will prefer bilateral series to make up for the monetary losses.

IPL is not possible right now.

“The T20 World Cup is an ICC event. It will generate revenue for the global body, and the ICC will do its level best to organize the tournament as per schedule,” he said.
Things are expected to be more clear after the ICC board meeting on May 28.

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