The fate of IPL 2020 is hanging in a balance due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As of now, there is little clarity over the fate of the tournament although BCCI has made it clear that it wants to host the IPL this year. The thirteenth edition of the IPL was scheduled to start on March 29 and end on May 17.
But in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the BCCI suspended the league till mid-April before suspending it indefinitely. With the cases in India rising constantly at an alarming rate, the chances of the tournament taking place in the country looks very bleak.
And amidst all these, the Emirates Cricket Board has extended a helping hand to the BCCI. The UAE board has told the BCCI that it is willing to host the IPL. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had earlier confirmed that he wants IPL to take place in India but with the situation not improving in the country, the board might consider the proposal from the Emirates Cricket Board.
“In the past, Emirates Cricket Board has successfully hosted IPL matches in UAE. We have a proven record of being hosts as a neutral venue for various bilateral and multi-nation cricket activities in the past,” Emirates Cricket Board Secretary Mubashshir Usmani was quoted as saying by Gulf News, as he confirmed UAE’s proposal to the BCCI.
Before UAE, Sri Lanka had also offered to host the tournament. Staging the tournament outside India is nothing new for the BCCI. In 2009, the entire tournament was played in South Africa due to the general elections. Five years later, a part of the competition was staged in UAE due to the same reason.