After almost two and half month of boredom, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has come out with a cheerful news for the Cricket fans. After the early reports suggesting that BCCI is looking for the September-November window to organise IPL, Rahul Johri has stated that the board is planning to organise the marquee tournament post the rainy season 2020.
However, the future of the tournament will totally depend on the conditions at that time. BCCI have so far complied with every decision of Indian Government and have also made it clear that BCCI would not compromise any parameter in such circumstances to ensure the health safety and protected environment.
“When flights resume, everyone has to quarantine themselves before playing. We will have to look at how that will impact the schedules, which as it is are tight. Imagine you have to factor in 14-day quarantine prior to practice also. So, there are a lot of moving parts. But we are still optimistic. Hopefully, the situation will improve after the monsoon, and we will approach it then,” he was quoted as saying by Times of India.
The marquee tournament, which was all set to get rolling from 29th March has been now postponed indefinitely amid the COVID-19 attack, is a vital cog in BCCI’s financial planning. BCCI earns a hefty sum of around 4000 Crore from IPL and a cancellation will put BCCI’s financial stability in jeopardy.
Johri also stressed the point to be patient at such crucial times because the recovery process will take time. “More people watched the IPL last year than those who voted for general elections. For sponsors, cricket is a leader and it will lead the way. The recovery will be sharper than a V-shaped recovery. It will be a step-by-step process. We can’t expect normalization tomorrow,” the BCCI CEO further added.
But still, for all these plans BCCI need to wait for the decision of ICC on the future of T20 World Cup in Australia this year. The tournament is slated to be played in October-November and a possible postponement might give the IPL 2020 a lifeline.