New Zealand shows interest to host IPL this year
Due to the coronavirus, it is not yet certain whether it will be possible to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. The tournament was scheduled to start on March 29, but due to a nationwide lockdown, the tournament has been rescheduled several times.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wants to host the IPL in September-October, if T20 World Cup postpones. But it is still very skeptical about how safe the IPL will be in India, whether foreign cricketers will be able to come.
However, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board and the United Arab Emirates have proposed India to host the IPL. The BCCI, however, rejected the proposal of the two countries. This time the BCCI itself said that New Zealand has offered them to host the IPL.
However, no matter how many proposals or discussions there are, the IPL will be possible only if there is an announcement to postpone the T20 World Cup. However, BCCI is already scheduling the IPL from the last week of September to the first week of November.
The first goal of the BCCI is to host the IPL in India. But the way the coronavirus is spreading in the country, it may not be possible to host the IPL in India. Because, India is now the third largest country in coronavirus infection after the United States, Brazil. More than 7 lakh coronavirus cases are now in India.
“Staging the event in India has to be the first choice but in case it is not safe to have it, then we will look at the overseas options. After UAE and Sri Lanka, New Zealand has also offered to host the IPL,”
a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“We will sit down with all stakeholders (broadcaster, teams, etc) and take a call. The safety of the players is paramount. There will be no compromise on that,” the official said.