IPL will solely be staged overseas as a final resort: BCCI

New Delhi, July 7

India’s cricket board will solely take into account staging the Indian Premier League (IPL) overseas as a final resort if there is no such thing as a different approach to salvage the profitable limited-overs event this yr, a high BCCI official has advised Reuters.

The annual event was initially scheduled to start on March 29 however was postponed indefinitely as a result of COVID-19. India’s dying toll from the pandemic surpassed 20,000 on Tuesday.

New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates have supplied to host the league however BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal mentioned the board was optimistic about staging it on residence soil.

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“We’ve to consider India first and then think of overseas,” Dhumal advised Reuters. “They have despatched these proposals in case we wish to organise it there.”

“We will discuss it in the next IPL governing council meeting where we will take a call.”

The 2009 version of the franchise-based league, which coincided with India’s elections, was held in South Africa and the UAE hosted the early matches of the event 5 years later for a similar purpose.

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The BCCI, going through a $535 million lack of income if it can’t stage the IPL this yr, can be eager to fit it into the T20 World Cup’s October-November window if that occasion was unable to go forward in Australia as a result of pandemic.

The uncertainty across the World Cup, the BCCI has mentioned, has created a scheduling headache for cricket boards making an attempt to recoup a few of the losses attributable to the pandemic.

“Everybody is under the pressure because of the uncertainty,” Dhumal added. Reuters

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