As Cricket gears up to blossom again finally after 4 months, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is working day and night to ensure the 13th edition of Indian Premier League takes place in 2020. The BCCI also locked in the tentative dates for the lucrative tournament and is looking to stage the tournament from September 26- November 08 this year.
However, the chances of tournament largely depend on the International Council of Cricket, which will take a final call on the upcoming T20 World Cup in next month. Also, in case the ICC goes ahead with the T20 World Cup, the BCCI might look to organise a truncated IPL just before the mega-tournament to provide enough game time to its players.
With BCCI trying its best to stage IPL 2020, the CSK, three times champions of the tournament, is keeping a close eye on the development. A source of franchise has revealed that CSK has not planned anything as of yet and is waiting for clarification on a lot of factors.
“It is a good thing that the BCCI is showing interest to conduct the IPL. But it is too early to plan anything. A lot of clarity is needed on various matters before we start preparing. CSK will be okay whatever decision the BCCI takes but then they wouldn’t much tinkering of the format. They would want a full-fledged IPL.” a source of the franchise stated as quoted by Times of India.
With UAE and Sri Lanka offering to host IPL 2020, there are also talks that BCCI might organise the tournament abroad in prevailing CoViD-19 situation. An overseas IPL is not a concern for the Chennai-based franchise as its highly likely that the game will be played behind closed doors only. However, the franchise has stressed that BCCI must ensure the participation of foreign players.
“If the tournament is held in the country, fans are unlikely to be allowed. So it doesn’t really make a difference then if you’re hosting the tournament overseas. The crucial aspect is the travelling arrangement of the foreign players. BCCI needs to sort that out first.” the source added further.