Aakash Chopra names 3 nations that can host IPL 2020
Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra had earlier told that India is not a good option to host the cash-rich Indian Premier League considering the ongoing coronavirus crisis which has affected more than six lakh people and claimed over 17,000 lives in the country. Hence, hosting the IPL in India is not a viable option and he looked on alternatives for it.
Considering the increasing number of coronavirus cases in India regularly, Aakash Chopra believes that even if there is a window opened up in October-November, it will be quite tough for the BCCI to organize the lucrative league in India.
There are possibilities of hosting the IPL in other countries according to Aakash Chopra as he picked three countries to host the mega IPL. The three possible hosts according to Chopra are Sri Lanka, UAE and New Zealand respectively. Needless to say, by looking at all three in details, Chopra founds UAE as the most suitable host for IPL 2020.
Chopra had suggested the IPL Governing Council to search for the alternative host. The reason why Chopra suggested Sri Lanka is because is COVID-19 free and it also close to India. In fact, Sri Lanka have three world-class stadiums in Colombo.
With Premadasa, P Sara Oval and Sinhalese Cricket Club in close range, Sri Lanka can easily host the IPL. But the main concern will be the retreating monsoon in Sri Lanka.
The second option is UAE, which is suiting well in terms of logistics advantage as well as it is also having world-class stadiums in close range. With the three stadiums in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah located closeby, UAE has emerged out as the best host to organize the mega IPL.
The last option suggested by Aakash Chopra is New Zealand and it became the first country to successfully eliminate COVID-19 and were declared a free nation a few weeks ago. But the time difference between India and New Zealand is a huge setback in hosting the IPL in New Zealand. With a time difference of seven and a half hours, it is quite impossible to schedule the matches for Prime Time window in India (7-10 PM).