Delayed T20 World Cup could affect IPL despite 3 foreign countries expressing interest in hosting!
Galatta | Jul 06, 2020, 08:09 pm
It is well known that the two big Cs - Cinema and Cricket are akin to religions in India and have a fanatic fan following! However, irrespective of how popular they are, both the big Cs as well as all other sports and forms of entertainment have taken a backseat because of the ongoing COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus pandemic. With the corona virus lockdown easing in a few countries and relaxations being allowed, international Cricket is all set to resume in the West Indies with the England team touring the Caribbean Islands for a full tour! Most sporting tournaments including the Olympics have been affected by this Pandemic and the T20 World Cup which was supposed to be held in Australia, towards the end of this year, is also in doubt of happening!
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had recently announced that it would take a decision on the T20 Cricket World Cup, in July! However, it doesn't seem to have gone down too well with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as the delay in announcing the dates for the World Cup are affecting its own plans for announcing a timeline for the richest T20 league in the world - the Indian Premier League (IPL), which should have already happened by now, if not for the corona virus! There IPL team bosses and stakeholders are still hopeful that the tournament would happen this year, as there is huge money at stake and the BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal has revealed that the BCCI was already planning for the IPL and trying to identify a window for it but was getting frustrated with the ICC for delaying their decision on the T20 World Cup!
Arun Dhumal is also said to have revealed that the BCCI is also exploring options of holding the IPL tournament overseas if the situations are not conducive for it to be held in India. 2 seasons of the IPL have already been played abroad. The IPL was played in South Africa in 2009, owing to the General elections in India! A part of the 2014 IPL was held in UAE, for the same reasons. Dhumal also revealed to the media that the BCCI is looking at starting the domestic tournaments like the Ranji Trophy, in September, to revive the game actively post the COVID pandemic! There are reports that the BCCI would be losing an amount to the tune of 500 million dollars, if the IPL gets scrapped this year. Countries like Sri Lanka and UAE have already come forward and expressed their interest to host the IPL in their countries, which are relatively very less affected by the Corona Virus! Now, New Zealand, which currently has zero active cases of the Corona Virus, has also expressed its interest to hold the IPL in their country! Stay tuned for updates...