Wednesday , October 20 2021

IPL 2020 Big Update: When the IPL is to be held in an empty stadium, then anywhere

New Delhi: Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) chairman Brijesh Patel has said that the BCCI has focused on the September-October window for the IPL, but it is the T20 Asia Cup. ) And the postponement of the T20 World Cup. Brijesh Patel also indicated that the IPL could be held abroad as the location in the empty stadium does not matter. “We are looking at the September-October window, but it depends on the postponement of Asia Cup and T20 World Cup,” Brijesh Patel told PTI. We will also have to follow the government guidelines at that time. 

The T20 Asia Cup is to be held in September this year and the T20 World Cup in October-November. But the fate of both the tournaments has not been decided yet and the International Cricket Council will decide on the World Cup to be held in Australia next month. There is also an option to have the IPL abroad in view of the increasing cases of Kovid-19 in India. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Sri Lanka have shown interest in hosting the world’s largest T20 league. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel said that it will definitely be preferred in India, but a lot will depend on the situation at that time. Sri Lanka has offered to host it and UAE too, we will see where we can play. If you are playing without an audience, then it does not matter where you are playing.

The 2009 season of IPL was held in South Africa due to general elections in the country and that is why some part of the tournament was held in UAE in 2014. If the IPL is not held, the BCCI is likely to suffer a loss of Rs 4000 crore. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly also said that the board is exploring all options for organizing the IPL. Sourav Ganguly has also said that in the latest information to the recognized units of the board, the tournament should be held in the empty stadium. Asked if there is a plan to shorten the IPL, Brijesh Patel said, “We want to get the tournament done in a normal term but it will again depend on which tournament (Asia Cup or World Cup) will be postponed.” He said IPL is an important tournament for the board, sponsors, broadcasters and players. Everyone wants it organized. The players are desperate to play on the field. Patel said that the sooner the ICC decides on the T20 World Cup, the better it will be for the stakeholders. He also said that the IPL can be played without an audience, but not the World Cup.

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