After early reports claiming that New Zealand Cricket has offered to host IPL 2020, NZC spokesperson Richard Boock has quashed any such reports, while terming them mere “speculations”. Speaking on the Radio New Zealand Richard Boock said, “The report is simply speculation. We have not offered to host the IPL nor have we had an approach to do so”.
IPL is world’s most affluent and successful cricket league without any doubt. The tournament with its viewership all across the globe, was scheduled to get rolling from 29 March before the pandemic hit the world. However, BCCI has not lost it all on IPL yet as the developments in the last few weeks have surely given a boost to the chances of IPL. This is the reason that the BCCI is now brooding over shifting the marquee tournament abroad amid the worsening CoViD-19 situation in India.
The fate of IPL 2020 is still hanging in balance as BCCI has opted for a wait and watch policy so far. BCCI is waiting for the ICC’s decision on World T20 2020, which is likely to be decided in a meeting – proposed sometime this month.
With Asia Cup more or less cancelled, the cancellation of World T20 2020 will open up September-October window for BCCI to stage the marquee tournament. Various Cricket Boards like UAE and Sri Lanka have already offered their helping hand to BCCI for hosting the tournament. Though BCCI has refrained itself from such proposals so far, nothing can be rules out in these unforeseen circumstances.
In the 12-years history of the tournament, only twice the BCCI has organised the IPL abroad. Once in 2009 when the entire tournament had to be shifted to South Africa due to general elections in India. And again in 2014, when initial phase of the tournament was played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the same reason.
This time also, UAE will be hottest favourites along with an economic option Sri Lanka. BCCI is supposed to take a call on IPL 2020 in its next general meeting. The meeting will also decide the fate of VIVO – a Chinese Mobile Company and BCCI sponsor- along with some other companies like Paytm with Chinese investment.