In one of a major development over the future of IPL 2020, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the 13th edition of the tournament will be staged abroad due to the prevailing CoViD-19 conditions in India.
The number of CoViD-19 cases has been on continuous rise in India and it seems that we are in for a long haul now. In BCCI president’s opinion, the current health crisis may take whole of 2020 or even the starting of 2021 to end completely and this leaves BCCI with no other option but to stage the IPL abroad.
Answering to Mayank Agarwal of his question, Ganguly said, “I think the next two-three-four months will be a little tough. We will just have to bear it, and by the end of the year or beginning of next year, life should be back to normal,” said Sourav Ganguly on the show #DadaOpensWithMayank.
At present, BCCI is looking at the September-October window to stage the IPL. However, the IPL 2020 schedule and plan will only be put in place after finalizing the venue and the official confirmation from ICC on the World T20 2020.
In order to host the IPL abroad, BCCI must ensure bio-secure environment or should wait till a vaccine hits the market. Cricket is more prone to the contagious pandemic as Cricketers often use saliva to shine the ball. The players, who are accustomed to Saliva, have to change their habits.
“I will wait for the vaccine to come out. Till then, yes, we will have to be a little more careful…we know what’s happening and we don’t want to fall sick. Saliva is an issue. Maybe once the vaccine comes out, just like any other illness, everything will be fine,” Sourav Ganguly expressed his concern over the same.
Apart from that the tournament need to be planned in such a way that not only the impact of monsoon can be minimized but also the Indian players get 14-days quarantine time before flying Down Under for the Test series.
Till now, the BCCI has received invitations from the Emirates Cricket Board (UAE), Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and New Zealand to host the tournament. Among the three, the UAE will have the weightage for a number of reasons. Firstly, the UAE has already hosted a leg of IPL there, in 2014 and secondly, the grounds in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are far in less dense areas and that will help maintain a bio-secure environment. Lastly, the weather is likely to be more accommodating.