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The Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly has said that they are not in a position to say anything about the IPL. Ganguly has clarified that the future of the lucrative T20 league will depend on the ongoing situation of the coronavirus. In fact, the former Indian skipper has stated they are yet to officially confirm the schedule of the tournament as the picture is still hazy.
Meanwhile, the IPL was to begin from March 29 but it was postponed indefinitely by the Indian board. It was reported that the glamorous tournament can take place in October-November if the T20 World Cup is postponed. However, the ICC has revealed that they plan to host the global event as it is scheduled. ICC will take a final call on the future of the T20 World Cup on June 10 and the future of the IPL could become clear.
Sourav Ganguly is not sure about the IPL
“We can’t say what will happen in the days to come. It is tough to predict. We are looking at all options. We are still not sure when cricket could resume,” Ganguly told Sportskeeda on Monday.
In fact, Sourav Ganguly is not even sure where the IPL could take place even if it happens. There is a lot of uncertainty and as expected Ganguly doesn’t want to commit to something which may or may not happen. Ganguly added the safety of human lives is more important at this phase of life.
“If at all, IPL does happen, we don’t know where it could happen. India would certainly like to host the event, provided the environment is safe. Right now, we are not in a position to say anything. It is too early. We are yet to officially discuss the IPL schedule. But it depends on the safety of the environment. Saving human life and breaking the coronavirus chain are more important for all of us,” Ganguly said.
The IPL is hanging on by a thin thread and the Indian board will only be able to host the event if the situation improves. Furthermore, the T20 World Cup will have to be postponed if the IPL is to happen this year. Sourav Ganguly had earlier confirmed that the BCCI will suffer a huge monetary loss of INR 4000 crores if the IPL doesn’t happen in 2020.