By Sobhan Garnaik
The Indian Premier League 2020 is most likely headed to foreign shores with UAE and Sri Lanka in the line to organize the world’s biggest T20 league. The much-anticipated cash-rich league was additionally left in doldrums because of the COVID-19 failure in India.
In any case, if the COVID-19 situation doesn’t die down, the board will have no real option but to move the competition to another nation.
The circumstance across the nation over has been very harsh because of a huge ascent in COVID-19 cases. India has seen more than 6 lakh positive cases up until now, and the canvas is expanding as time passes.
Aside from human presence, the pandemic has additionally put the cricketing extravaganza to a halt.
In the past, BCCI has arranged IPL in different nations. In 2009, the entire tournament was played in South Africa while in 2014, the first 20 matches were played in UAE.
Since UAE has facilitated IPL in the past, it remains the leader. Aside from facilitating IPL, UAE was India’s home in Asia Cup 2018 as BCCI was the host nation of the past editions.
A BCCI official aware of everything of advancements uncovered that the coronavirus pandemic might compel the BCCI to move the cash-rich T20 league to either UAE or Sri Lanka.
There hasn’t been any last declaration yet as the BCCI is hanging tight for an official choice on the destiny of the T20 World Cup in Australia. The BCCI intends to have the IPL in the T20 World Cup’s window.
“We are yet to decide on the venue, but in all probability, it is going outside this year. The condition in India doesn’t look suited to have so many teams come in at one or two venues and then create an atmosphere which will be safe for the players as well as the general public even though the games may be played behind closed doors,” the BCCI official told IANS.
Consequently, the board is keeping all alternatives open and is prepared to move IPL outside India. BCCI will endure a loss of Rs 4,000 crore should it be compelled to cancel the popular T20 league.
He added, “The race is between UAE and Sri Lanka, and we will need to decide on where we host the league depending on the situation there with regards to the coronavirus pandemic. Logistics also need to be looked into, so we will decide soon.”
At the other hand, IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel has likewise been vocal
that location shouldn’t be a worry if the tournament is being played
with empty stands.
They (Emirates Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket) have informed us that they are prepared to host the IPL. But our first preference in India, if we get the government’s permission.
“Certainly, we cannot play at more than three or four venues in India, but the permissions will depend on how the COVID-19 outbreak pans out. Otherwise, we will have to explore playing overseas, which will be the last option. Once you are playing without spectators, it doesn’t really matter where you are playing as long as it suits television timings,” said Brijesh Batel as quoted by The Hindu.