As uncertainty on whether the T20 World Cup in Australia will proceed, leaving the Indian Premier League (IPL) window in limbo, reports claims that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) plans on staging the cash-rich tournament in September-November window this year. This report rules out the previously reported October-November window if the event in Australia will be delayed.
The cash-rich Twenty20 competition, due to begin on March 29 and pushed back to April 15, was postponed indefinitely in April due to the ongoing threats of the coronavirus pandemic. According to reports, the BCCI has spoken to all the franchises, media partners and other stakeholders of IPL and came up as September 26 to November 8 as the window to host the lucrative cricket league.
The report further adds that Bengaluru and Chennai are two venues in consideration for staging the tournament where monsoon is not as severe. Mumbai was also one of the venues in consideration due to the presence of more stadiums. “We can’t keep our plans on hold. ICC has to decide on the T20 World Cup way forward and we have to decide on our plans,” a BCCI official was quoted in a report.
However, the dates are subject to change and cancellation depending on International Cricket Council (ICC) and the expected postponement of Twenty20 World Cup in Australia. Earlier this week, Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Carl Eddings claimed that hosting the showpiece event this year ‘unrealistic’ despite the country looks good to host the event in October following the successful COVID-19 handling.
“While it hasn’t been formally called off this year, or postponed, trying to get 16 countries into Australia in the current world, where most countries are still going through COVID spiking, I think it’s unrealistic, or it’s going to be very, very difficult,” CA chairman Eddings told reporters. “Australia can’t risk anything to their own people,” added Eddings when asked about hosting the event.
Previously, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, in a letter to state associations and stakeholders, said that the governing body “is working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums”. He said that they are “optimistic” about the return of cricket as the governing “will shortly decide on the future course of action on this”.
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