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.
According to Outlook, IPL franchise owners met earlier this week and they had no qualms in the IPL going overseas this year. The report also stated that the BCCI is looking at a September-November window. Ganguly had previously said that while hosting IPL in India remains the priority, the board would not hesitate in moving outside the country if the situation does not improve.
UAE has hosted the IPL before. In 2014, a portion of the IPL was held in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi because some 20 matches of the initial phase was clashing with the general elections.
Given Coronavirus protocols, matches in the UAE will be held in front of empty stadiums. “That’s not a problem. IPL is more made for TV and the gate receipts will not be as much even if the crowds come in,” said a team owner.
IPL teams are expected to arrive in the UAE a month before the tournament starts. “We need a month to prepare but our overseas players will be ready to play,” said a team owner.