Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been keeping options open for a possibility of organising the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in July. IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29 but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15.
Some media reports earlier suggested that The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now looking at the October-November window for the cash-rich league. But the move can be possible only if the ICC decides to postpone the men’s T20 World Cup that is to be held later in the year.
Now, some fresh media reports have emerged suggesting that the board is probing into the July window and the tournament is most likely to take place behind closed doors.
IPL 2020: BCCI Looking To Hold The Competition In July
“The board is looking at an alternate window to host matches, possibly in July, or latest during winter,” a BCCI official told CNBC-TV18 on condition of anonymity. “If the lockdown is extended, it would be difficult to have a full-fledged IPL in the current window till the beginning of June,” said another senior BCCI official to CNBC-TV18.
Certain Players Want IPL 2020 To Take Place
As IPL’s future this year stands in a doubtful situation, certain foreign and national players want the tournament to go ahead. Pat Cummins, the most expensive player ever in IPL’s history has said that the league should take place behind closed doors.
England’s power-hitter Jos Buttler has also said that he wants the tournament to be held. Sanjay Manjrekar believes IPL is not just about the franchises or the players but it is responsible for the livelihoods of many others and thus it should be held this year.
Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has also vouched for the tournament to take place soon. Ashish Nehra has suggested that if all the concerned parties agree, the tournament can take place in October as well.