IPL to held outside India, UAE and SL are the options
India is currently the 4th highest country having the number of Corona cases. Therefore, after all the plan about Indian Premier League (IPL), it has become an impossible task to held IPL in India. Therefore, BCCI has decided that the 13th edition of the IPL is to held in the foreign shores.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still waiting for the official decision on the fate of the T-20 World Cup which was said to be held in Australia. But as Australia has expressed unwillingness to held the World Cup, IPL might take place at the end of the year. Meanwhile, due to the vulnerable condition in India, UAE and Sri Lanka has expressed interest to held IPL in their respective countries. Hence, BCCI to choose one of them.
“We are yet to decide on the venue but in all probability it is going outside this year. The condition in India doesn’t look suited to have so many teams come in at one or two venues and then create an atmosphere which will be safe for the players as well as the general public even though the games may be played behind closed doors,” a senior BCCI official said.
“The race is between UAE and Sri Lanka and we will need to decide on where we host the league depending on the situation there with regards to the coronavirus pandemic. Logistics also need to be looked into, so we will decide soon,” the official added.
The BCCI authorities also wanted to held the tournament in India initially, but the current situation has almost made it certain that the tournament will have to be taken outside.
Besides, decision-makers in the BCCI were divided in 3:2 ratio with regards to deciding on the venue.
“See, it is a case of the decision makers being divided 3-2 if that is how you wish to understand the current scenario. There are a couple of voices who feel that having the tournament should be the priority and if that means taking it out of the country, so be it. So, while we are working on the overall plan, the venue is an area which will need further deliberation. Also, at the end of the day safety of the players and everyone involved is priority,” the official had explained.