Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Dhumal has hinted that the board is planning out to host India Premier League (IPL) later this year though International Cricket Council (ICC) has not confirmed the fate of ICC T20 World Cup 2020 which is scheduled in October.
IPL, which was earlier scheduled to start from 29th March, has been postponed indefinitely until the ongoing coronavirus crises get a break. Not only the cash-rich league but also India’s whole domestic cricket season has been put into a halt. And with no guaranty when the things would get back to normal, Dhumal said that it’s time for the Indian board to chalk out plans for the year ahead.
“The year started on a horrible note and there’s been no relief on any front. But as time goes by, we need to take things head-on and ensure that we remain prepared for any eventuality. Cricket is no different. It is time for the BCCI to start planning for the year ahead,” Dhumal told Times of India.
Citing examples of other sports that are resuming gradually around the world, Dhumal said BCCI is making plans for resumption from September.
“The NBA is beginning in the US in a protected zone. The English Premier League (EPL) is on and so are the FA Cup matches. Bundesliga was the first to show the way. Even Australia’s domestic rugby league is about to begin. This is what is happening right now. What BCCI is talking about is making plans, even if at the contingency levels, for September onwards,” he said.
BCCI prioritising IPL over ICC T20 World Cup 2020
Further, Dhumal hinted that India like other countries can also host its domestic league, IPL because it is easier to manage. He even stated that BCCI would now not wait for ICC’s decision to host the T20 World Cup in Australia. Notably, BCCI is also outlining to organise IPL 2020 around the mega event’s schedule.
“So, what are we witnessing here? Domestic leagues are in focus while the Olympics and the World Cups are taking a backseat. That’s because local leagues dont depend on too many external factors to get going. Revenues are more localised; gate receipts arent such a huge concern and local leagues can be trimmed and planned to suit particular windows. They’re also television friendly because they can be adjusted to primarily suit local prime time,” he said.
“Those announcements and outcomes are not in our hands. The T20 World Cup, for instance, is being postponed so let the announcement come when it has to.”
Meanwhile, the fans will witness the first bilateral series since the lockdown between West Indies and England from July 8.