BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly has hinted that the Indian Premier League will be organized this year amid coronavirus outbreak in India. The IPL was slated to start from 29th March but the countrywide lockdown ensured that it was postponed to further dates but the rising coronavirus cases were enough to postpone it for an indefinite period of time.
Recently a lot of players, both from India and other countries, participating in IPL have also shown their keenness on being a part of this year IPL. We are optimistic and the BCCI will shortly decide on the future course of action on this: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly https://t.co/KAe5w45FWY
— ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2020
In a letter to all the affiliated units sent late on Wednesday after the ICC Board meeting, Ganguly was confident enough that they can stage IPL this year despite ICC postponing the fate of T20 World Cup this year. Its worth mentioning that IPL can be scheduled to October-November window if ICC decides to cancel this year’s edition of T20 World Cup in Australia.
“The BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums. The fans, franchises, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year,” the former CAB President said.
“Recently, a lot of players both from India and other countries, participating in the IPL have shown keenness on being part of this year’s IPL. We are optimistic and the BCCI will shortly decide on the future course of action on this,” Ganguly added.
Will IPL get shifted outside of India
Earlier it was reported that the IPL can be played on foreign soil amid rising coronavirus cases in India. According to a report by Gulf News, the UAE Cricket Board has offered to host the IPL. The report was quoted by board general secretary Mubashir Usmani as saying that Emirates Cricket Board has been a successful host to the IPL in the past. Earlier Sri Lanka Cricket Board had also shown interest in hosting the IPL