The dilemma over IPL 2020 and its future has dominated the news feed in Cricket World from the last month and so. The marquee tournament which was all set to get rolling from 29th March has been now postponed indefinitely amid the COVID-19 attack.
As whole of the world eagerly wait for the thing to improve and resume, former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has advocated the IPL to be conducted in the window of October-November 2020. McCullum, who was the first player to hit an IPL hundred, was recently named head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders for the upcoming season.
With a number of Cricketers and scholars of game advising the IPL to be the first tournament, BCCI faces a number of problems as of now. Whole of the country is still under lockdown and the CORONA situation has not improved in the country yet. And apart of all this, if the situation somewhat improves in upcoming months, BCCI will also face the problem of FTP’s.
However, the clearance from Indian Government will be an issue, but McCullum is hopeful of BCCI getting a clearance from the Government. “I think the IPL will try and target that October window and the T20 World Cup will get pushed back,” McCullum said. “That may mean the Women’s World Cup gets pushed back but hopefully we get to see all three tournaments operate”, the former New Zealand skipper said as quoted by NDTV Sports.
McCullum also advised against organising the World T20 at its scheduled timing as hosting 16 international team and the support staff won’t be an easy task amid the CORONA outbreak. “For Australia to move 16 international teams plus all of their support staff and then broadcasters, seems a bridge too far. I can’t see them playing the T20 World Cup behind closed doors either,” McCullum said.
‘Indian fan-base enables BCCI to organise IPL behind closed doors’
In the interview, Brendon McCullum also provided an economic angle to his proposal by opining that BCCI could sustain losses (due to empty stadiums) and organise the tournament behind closed doors as they have a strong fan-base. He said, “The ICC and world cricket need crowds to operate but India can probably sustain things commercially behind closed doors because they are going to get so many eyeballs.”
“There may be a window a bit later in the new year of 2021 which could then open up a window for the IPL (in October and November). You’d have to move some overseas players for the IPL but with the broadcasters based in India, it is a lot easier to pull it all together”, McCullum said.