The fate of the cash-rich Twenty20 competition, due to begin on March 29 and was postponed indefinitely, remains in limbo despite the lighter restrictions in the country. In the latest development, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to decide “course of action” soon in regards to the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), according to the governing body chief.
“The BCCI 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. The fans, franchisees, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year,” Ganguly wrote in the letter to all state units earlier this week, according to reports.
The former India captain also addressed the “keenness” of “a lot of players both from India and other countries, participating in the IPL”. 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”. Previously, officials hinted the possible window of the IPL this year, but it will depend on the fate of the T20 World Cup.
With the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia in October and India currently in the middle of monsoon season, it is highly unlikely that the IPL could be rescheduled for October-November window. If in case the T20 World Cup postponed, the BCCI will get an opportunity to organise the IPL in that window, with the participation of foreign players if things will get better during that time.
“Moving ahead, the BCCI is in process of planning the domestic competitions for the next cricketing season,” Ganguly further added. We are working on various options and formats in our endeavour to ensure that various domestic tournaments are held, they stay competitive and participation feasible. The BCCI will come up with more details in next couple of weeks.”
“The BCCI is in the process of developing a Covid-19 Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) for all state cricket associations. Essentially this SOP is being made with a view of providing our Members with a standard set of guidelines which will help the associations to resume cricket in their respective areas. The BCCI has engaged medical specialists for the drafting of this SOP.
In the same letter, Ganguly also hinted the possible resumption of training and competitive cricket in the next two months despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. “I would like to assure all our members that the office bearers at BCCI are continuously monitoring the pandemic situation and all efforts are being made to ensure that cricket resumes soon.”
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