Despite the excitement of most fans as the long-postponed Indian Premier League (IPL) finally happening, an advocate has filed a petitioned in court to stop the upcoming tournament from staging in the UAE. The petitioner claimed to be a huge cricket fan and he doesn’t want India’s top-level league to go out of the country to affect the revenue generation. Sign Up with 12BET India and enjoy our new promotion and casino game only you!
The T20 was originally scheduled to begin on March 29, pushed back in April, and later postponed indefinitely due to the on-going global health crisis. Following the postponement of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) T20 World Cup in Australia, IPL had a chance to proceed with plans on staging the tournament in September-October window in UAE.
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The said petitioner named Abhishek Lagoo has reportedly approached the Bombay High Court challenging the decision of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to hold this year’s IPL in UAE instead of India. The cash-rich league has a brand value of 475 million dollars in 2019 which was expected to increase this year but the pandemic has taken it to the negative impact.
“The IPL is not a charity event. The pandemic has created grave difficulties for all businesses. Holding the IPL in India would prove to be a great economic booster which the country needs desperately,” the petition said. The petition further states that as the number of recoveries per day has increased and the central and state governments have given a lot of relaxations, IPL could be held in India instead of UAE.
At the time of writing, India tops the the charts when it comes to the number of daily positive cases across the world, leaving even the USA and Brazil behind. The petition is expected to be heard by a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Revati Mohite Dere. Lagoo, in his plea, has sought the high court to direct the BCCI to hold the IPL matches in India.
Previously, Sri Lanka Cricket (CLC) chief Shammi Silva has offered to host the eight-team league while the Indian governing body finds a “safe” window later in the year to hold the tournament. Shortly after this offer, the United Arab Emirates, which had hosted the first leg of IPL in 2014, has emerged as one of the options as the governing body received an offer from the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB)
The BCCI is avoiding a massive loss of INR 4,000 crore if the cash-rich league gets cancelled. Not hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) will cause losses to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore which is huge. If the IPL takes place, we won’t have to go in for pay cuts. We’ll manage things,” Ganguly told reporters.
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