IPL 2020: If T20 World Cup Does Not Take Place BCCI Can Go Ahead With IPL- Michael Holding
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IPL 2020: If T20 World Cup Does Not Take Place BCCI Can Go Ahead With IPL – Michael Holding

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Former West Indian legend, Michael Holding has said that BCCI has al the right to conduct IPL 2020 if ICC decides to postpone the T20 World Cup. The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 is scheduled to take place later this year in Australia in the month of October-November. However, due to the disturbed cricket schedule as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been deliberations that suggest that the T20 World Cup might be postponed.

IPL 2020 was also scheduled to take place from March 29 this year. However, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 in India, the BCCI decided to suspend it indefinitely. As India is now slowly removing the nationwide lockdown, there have been hopes of the tournament going ahead. However, it will almost be next to impossible to hold two grand events in such a short span and hence, one of them will surely have to be compromised.

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IPL Trophy. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

With the monetary aspect associated with the IPL, players would also prefer playing in the cash-rich league. Now, Michael Holding has come up with a major statement in regard to the tournament.

Michael Holding Opens Up On IPL 2020

“I don’t think ICC is delaying the T20 World Cup because they are making space for the IPL. It’s the Australian government’s law where they are not allowing any visitors into the country before a specific date,” Holding said during an Insta live session

England vs India 2018, Hardik Pandya, Michael Holding
Michael Holding. (Photo by Visionhaus/Corbis via Getty Images)

“But if there is no T20 World Cup, the BCCI has all rights to go ahead and organize a domestic tournament because there’s a space. If they are encroaching on other people’s tournament, you could say okay,” added the cricketer-turned-commentator.

Speculations Intensify Over IPL 2020 Future

IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.

Rohit Sharma IPL 2020
Rohit Sharma. Credits: IPL/BCCI.

On April 10, latest reports suggested that the BCCI is probing into the July window to conduct the IPL and it could take place behind closed doors. However, all hopes once again vanished as the BCCI suspended the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 victims toll rising in India, cricket returning to India seems a possibility far from reality.

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