The fate of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been hanging by the thread since the outbreak of the Coronavirus this year. It was supposed to take place from 28 March to 24 May only to be suspended until further notice due to the nationwide lockdown. Ever since then, the BCCI has adopted a wait and watch policy and working behind the scenes to make the tournament happen somehow this year.
It has now been reported that the board is considering to stage the IPL 2020 from 26 September this year. Recently, the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had cleared that they were open to stage the cash-rich league behind closed doors due to the pandemic. Moreover, Cricket Australia (CA), on Tuesday, cleared that the T20 World Cup happening this year looks unrealistic.
“It (IPL) will be between September-end and November-start, more specifically it could be from 26 September to 8 November. These dates are subject to the expected postponement/cancellation of the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia,” sources said.
As per reports, the BCCI has spoken to all the franchises, media partners and other stakeholders of IPL and came up as 26 September to 8 November as the window to host the lucrative cricket league.
The ICC, on 10 June, had deferred decision on the T20 World Cup following the Board meeting to the month of July. As per a report, the BCCI was not ready to wait that long and Ganguly mailed the letter to member associations.
“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. That is the reason tentative window has been zeroed down and we will start preparing as per this window for IPL”, an unnamed BCCI member said.
However, the BCCI is yet to take a call on the venue for IPL 2020 with cases continue to rise in India rapidly. So far, the UAE and Sri Lankan cricket board have offered to host IPL and that could be an option for the BCCI.
IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel had earlier said: “the IPL 2020 can be hosted closed doors, can be limited to fewer venues, can be taken overseas, can be even played without international players”