BCCI eyes July-September window for conducting full length IPL 2020
With the cloud of uncertainty hovering over the sky of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year amidst coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly planning to conduct full length tournament in the later part of the year.
According to Times of India reports, BCCI is considering organizing the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between the months of July and September. Last week, the Indian cricket authority suspended the cash-rich competition till April 15.
The aforementioned period has became viable because of the lack of schedules of international cricket at that period of time. According to the Future Tours Programme (FTP), Asia Cup and an bilateral away series for Pakistan against England were scheduled in that period of time.
A concerned authority stated as quoted by TOI, “The 2009 IPL – in South Africa – was played inside 37 days. That’s five weeks and two days. If that kind of a window is made available, the IPL can be held partly in India and partly overseas, or the entire tournament can be shifted, depending on how the Covid-19 situation is globally.”
Reports further revealed that franchise owners, IPL governing council members and BCCI will meet on Saturday to discuss the matter of conducting a truncated league but it is said that the BCCI do not want to conduct a truncated IPL, they want to happen all sixty matches as usual in any later date.
he IPL going by the 2009 itinerary will require a minimum of 37 days to complete sixty matches. Every week lost for whatever reason will raise the threat of curtailing the league by nine to 11 matches.
All the major cricketing events have either been called off or postponed due to the world wide pandemic. Many other sporting events have also brought into a standstill.