Rajasthan Royals CEO Ranjit Barthakur said on Wednesday that short-term IPL with only Indian players would be good in this difficult time. He also revealed that the fate of this T20 league is not likely to be decided before April 15. Its worth mentioning that the deadly coronavirus has halted the fast moving world and even sports events across the globe has been postponed or cancelled.
The BCCI is yet to decide the fate of the league, which was postponed until at least 15 April in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to start from 29th March 2020.
“We are open to a shortened tournament with only Indian players, at the end of the day it is the Indian Premier League,” Barthakur was quoted in a report as quoted by The New Indian Express.
A report stated that BCCI may host the league from May 1 if the situation is under control. The BCCI, however, has the option of hosting the IPL at the end of the year by not hosting few of the bilateral series.
The Royals executive expressed hope that the BCCI will take a decision keeping the franchise’s best interests in mind. He said that this is an extraordinary time and BCCI will have to do its best to improve the situation. Barthakur said that earlier we could not think of organizing an IPL season with only Indian players but for now, India has some of the best cricketing talents.
“Instead of not having IPL, it would be better to organize tournaments with Indian players only. The BCCI has to decide when the tournament can be held and I believe that it should be decided only after April 15,” Barthakur added.