Former South African batsman Jonty Rhodes has explained the importance of having the Indian Premier League. The IPL has been an integral part of the cricket calendar since its inception back in 2008. The glamorous T20 league was to begin from March 29 but it has been indefinitely postponed by the BCCI. Rhodes reckons it is crucial to have IPL from the financial point of the game.
Not only BCCI will benefit from the hosting of the IPL but the world-class players who have not played any kind of cricket in the last four months will be able to get going. The IPL is house to world-class players and the best in the business take on each other.
IPL is very important financially – Jonty Rhodes
In fact, the IPL has a separate window in the International calendar but the same has already finished. Subsequently, the BCCI is awaiting the decision of the ICC to postpone the T20 World Cup so that the Indian board can host the T20 league in the September-October window. ICC is soon expected to postpone the global event.
“IPL is very important financially and regarding the future of the players as well. The best players in the world play in it. So it is hard to imagine a year passing without it. To me, it is meaningless to expect the cricket calendar without an IPL.
“Hopefully by the end of the year, the situation will improve and we can watch the IPL. We know that it will be played in empty stadiums. This time it will be for TV. It will be interesting to see how TV producers create an atmosphere without an audience,” he added.
Meanwhile, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is optimistic about hosting the IPL. In fact, Ganguly has also stated that the first priority is to host the IPL is in India as it would be expensive to host the event overseas. BCCI will need to get permission from the Indian government to stage the IPL in the country.
Sri Lanka Cricket and Emirates Cricket Board have extended helping hands towards the BCCI to stage the IPL. The lucrative T20 league will take place behind closed doors.