The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was postponed after multiple players and support staff tested positive for the Coronavirus. The BCCI is now looking at the September window to complete the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League. The biggest issue for the apex body, however, is the concerning situation of the Coronavirus in India. While the board is still confident of hosting the remaining matches of IPL in India, they are also considering several other options in case the situation doesn’t improve.
In a recent development a group of English counties, The MCC, Surrey, Warwickshire and Lancashire, who are based at Lord’s, The Kia Oval (both London), Edgbaston (Birmingham) and Emirates Old Trafford (Manchester) respectively have written to the ECB, asking them to submit the proposal of hosting the remainder of IPL in UK to the BCCI.
The issue is expected to be discussed in the virtual ICC meeting of the national chief executives today. The counties further opined that staging the IPL in UK will ensure that the pitches in UAE, a possible venue for the T20 World Cup if the Covid-19 situation in India doesn’t improve, remain fresh. They were also hopeful that the tournament can be played in front of full crowds.
However, there are numerous obstacles to the plan with the quarantine period being the primary cause of concern. Also, most of the teams will be busy with their international commitments during that time.
The BCCI, at any cost, wants to complete the tournament else they could suffer huge financial losses. However, there is still a lot of time left and the situation can change drastically by then.