BCCI not to push for World Cup postponement to stage IPL
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will not push for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia to be postponed. But they will consider staging the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the October/November slot if it becomes available.
IPL of this year’s edition, which is worth almost $530 million to the BCCI, has been indefinitely postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it could be staged later but due to T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to begin on October 18, is also in jeopardy.
It’s going as rumors that, influential BCCI may look to push for the World Cup to be postponed to open up a window for the IPL staging.
World Cup plans are on the agenda at next week’s International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting. On the other hand, BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said India would not be recommending it be pushed back to host IPL.
“Why should the BCCI suggest postponing the Twenty20 World Cup?” Dhumal told Reuters.
“We’ll discuss it in the meeting and whatever is appropriate, (the ICC) will take a call. If the Australia government announces that the tournament will happen and Cricket Australia is confident they can handle it, it will be their call. BCCI would not suggest anything.”
Australia has seen new infections of the novel coronavirus slow to a trickle and is gradually easing travel curbs and social distancing restrictions. Therefore, hosting a 16-team World Cup would be a Herculean task for Cricket Australia (CA).
Dhumal questioned whether the tournament should go ahead if it had to be played without spectators. He also said that, the Australian government would play a key role in any decision either to happen or not.
“It all depends on what the Australian government says on this – whether they’d allow so may teams to come and play the tournament,” he added.
“Will it make sense to play games without spectators? Will it make sense for CA to stage such a tournament like that? It’s their call.”