After the CoViD-19 outbreak delayed the start of home season in India, there have been several calls from former players and cricketer to start this year’s domestic season with IPL 2020. The lucrative tournament, which was scheduled to get rolling from 29 March, was delayed indefinitely in the wake of corona virus and still there are no signs of staging the tournament in nearby dates.
However, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is hopeful of staging the tournament this year. In one of a major development over the future of IPL 2020, the 48-year old has confirmed that IPL has always been one of the priorities and the BCCI is waiting for ICC’s decision on World T20 to take call on the IPL 2020.
Talking on India Today’s show Inspiration, Ganguly said, “We want to have it, as I said that cricket needs to be back. For us it’s off-season at the moment which has actually helped. We finished out domestic season in March and then we had to cancel the IPL, which is the most important part of our domestic season.
“We want IPL to happen because life needs to be back to normal and cricket needs to be back to normal but we don’t have a decision from the ICC regarding the T20 World Cup,” he added.
Earlier, there were reports that due to the increasing cases of CoViD-19 in India, the BCCI is looking forward to staging the 13th edition of the tournament abroad. Ganguly, though, is quite optimistic of an improved situation in near future, and in his opinion- it’s important to stage the IPL in India in whatever time they get for the tournament.
“We keep hearing different things from the media but till actually its officially not told to the board members and the countries, you don’t know what is happening,” Ganguly said, “But we want to host it, our first priority is India. Whatever time we get, even if we get 35-40 days we will host it.
“Places like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai — these are big teams in the IPL and at this stage I don’t think you can put your hand on heart and say that cricket will happen in these places.
So far, many a country like UAE, Sri Lanka and latest New Zealand have offered to host IPL but Ganguly doesn’t think that hosting IPL abroad an economically good decision. However, Ganguly acknowledges the fact that this will be a huge challenge, but also asserted that he is looking forward to staging IPL this year.
“We were keen to go to Ahmedabad to see the new stadium but I don’t know if we will be able to go there or not. It’s not easy at the moment to say that we are going to host it in India,” the former India captain said.
“Will it be in India? If it’s not then we think of going out, but where? Because going out becomes very expensive for the board, the franchises because of the currency conversion rates,” he said, “So we are monitoring it and we are very keen to host it. We have our fingers crossed, we don’t want the year 2020 to finish without an IPL.”