Board of Control for Cricket In India(BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has given a bold statement on hosting IPL this year under any circumstances. He has even said that the Indian board could also look another country as an option for hosting the cash-rich league if the home is unable to arrange the T20 league amid the ongoing coronavirus scare.
As per the anticipation, the Indian board would have to face the loss of INR 4000 crore if the 13th edition of the league is not hosted this year. So, BCCI is looking for all the options available. Sourav Ganguly has said that he didn’t want to end 2020 without letting the fans witness the entertaining league.
“We don’t want the year 2020 to finish without an IPL. Our first priority is India and even if we get 35 to 40 days, we will host it. But we don’t know where…,” Ganguly said on India Today show ‘Inspiration’.
BCCI considering other venues outside India to host IPL: Sourav Ganguly
However, Ganguly is also not sure as about venues but the board is taking into consideration to host it outside India while also acknowledging the heavy expenses. New Zealand, Sri Lanka and UAE are some countries which have shown their will to host the popular league.
“I will put it in this order. Firstly, whether we can (have an IPL) within the time frame as IPL has limited window.
“Secondly India. If it’s not possible then we are thinking of going out (abroad). But going out where…because if you go out it becomes expensive for everyone — franchises and board.
“Because of conversion rate and currency exchange rate it becomes expensive. So we are monitoring but as I said we are very keen to host it and got our fingers crossed,” Sourav Ganguly said.
Cricket needs to be back to normal: Ganguly
Ganguly wants India to witness cricket this year so he is hoping to bring back the cricket in action.
“See I want to have it as I said that cricket needs to be back. For us this is actually off season which has actually helped. We finished our season in March just after which IPL was about to start.
“And we had to cancel IPL which is the most important part of our domestic season. We want IPL to happen. Because life needs to be back to normal. Cricket needs to be back to normal,” he added.
IPL was earlier scheduled from 29th March but has been postponed indefinitely because of the outbreak of coronavirus.