Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed the Indian Premier League till April 15. With no clarity over the future of cash-rich IPL, the BCCI is reportedly planning to go all out to ensure that the tournament takes place this year.
As of now, there is no assurance of whether or not the competition would start in April. But India’s governing body, BCCI is not giving up its hopes of hosting IPL and is reportedly planning to host the tourney in July-September if there is no improvement in the situation in the coming days.
If the 13th IPL season happens as the media reports suggest, then it will clash with many other international series. The main reason why the BCCI wants to stage the cash-rich league between July and September is that the ICC’s Future Tours Programme between these three months is not as tightly-packed as others.
Other important events may get affected if IPL 2020 is hosted in July-September
For the unversed, FTP is a schedule of international cricket tours for the ICC’s full member nations, with an ultimate objective of each team playing each other at least once at home and once away over a specific period.
According to the current FTP, Australia will tour England for the three-match T20I series, and as many One-Day Internationals (ODIs) starting from July 03. A few days later, New Zealand will tour West Indies for the similar fixture, which starts from July 08.
After hosting New Zealand, the West Indies will invite South Africa for three Tests and five T20Is, which is scheduled to go all guns blazing from July 23. In the last week of this month, Pakistan will tour England for three-match Test series and as many T20Is.
In the same month itself, the inaugural edition of The Hundred, the 100-ball cricket tournament in England and Wales, which will see the active participation of cricketers from Australia, West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and others. This tournament is slated to begin on July 17 and comes to a close on August 15.
Besides these series, the Asia Cup 2020 tournament has been scheduled to happen in September in the United Arab Emirates. Nonetheless, the fixtures for the same haven’t been announced yet. A BCCI source recently suggested that India’s cricket body could organize IPL as they did in South Africa in the year 2009.
“The 2009 IPL – in South Africa – was played inside 37 days. That’s five weeks and two days. If that kind of a window is made available, the IPL can be held partly in India and partly overseas, or the entire tournament can be shifted, depending on how the Covid-19 situation is globally,” the source was quoted as saying by TOI.
Take a look at the list of crucial international and domestic series or tournaments which may get affected just in case if the IPL takes place in July-September:
- Australia tour of England (3 T20Is, 3 ODIs)
- New Zealand tour of West Indies (3 T20Is, 3 ODIs)
- South Africa tour of West Indies (3 Tests, 5 T20Is)
- Pakistan tour of England (3 Tests, 3 T20Is)
- Asia Cup
- The Hundred (July 17-August 15)