Contrary to the previous report of Sri Lankan Cricket Board proposing BCCI to organise the IPL in Sri Lanka, a senior official from BCCI has quashed the reports of any such official development.
Only a couple of days back, Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva had stated that if the parent governing body of IPL wishes to organise the IPL outside India, SLC will provide all the facilities to host the marquee tournament.
But in a recent interview, a senior BCCI official has stated, “The BCCI will not be in a position to say anything when the world is closed. There is no proposal from SLC yet and obviously no discussion.”
In last two weeks, India has been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Number of COVID -19 cases has touched 14,000 mark with the death toll reaching around 500 in comparison to only 200 cases in the Island.
To combat the situation, Indian government has also extended the 21-day lockdown for 19 days more days. With the extension of lockdown, the marquee tournament which was all set to get rolling from 29th March has been now postponed indefinitely.
The senior official also stated that, in current situation, the position of Shashank Manohar, the chairman of the International Cricket Council, is also helping BCCI with its allies. And once Manohar quits office, in May 2020, the equation might change.
“Sri Lanka has been BCCI’s ally at the ICC and their proposal is understandable. But what about once he (Manohar) steps down next month. You could see new equations forming and there could be multiple options on table, not just Sri Lanka,” the veteran said.
In case the IPL gets cancelled, it will bring a lot of chaos and losses for the BCCI and its stakeholders. This is the reason the top brass of BCCI has adopted ‘wait and watch policy’ over the fate of tournament and any decision on the fate of the tournament will only be taken after lockdown ends.