It shouldn’t come as a surprise if the Indian Premier League (IPL) doesn’t take place this year after going through postponement twice. It remains mainly unclear when the threat of novel coronavirus would subside and with India slowly becoming the epicentre; one can only hope for a shortened season to take place in around October at best. However, three-time champions, Chennai Super Kings franchise, has expressed their stand against it.
A few more countries have also shown interest in hosting the lucrative tournament. Former Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar has suggested that Sri Lanka can host the IPL in September as the COVID-19 cases are exceptionally low in the Island nation. United Arab Emirates (UAE) has also emerged; however, the disease reared its head again, affecting 800 more people in recent times.
But Chennai Super Kings (CSK) feels that it is too early to plan anything and that plenty of factors need consideration before preparing for it. The franchise commented that they would be okay with any decision that the BCCI takes except for a truncated season of the IPL.
“It is a good thing that the BCCI is showing interest to conduct the IPL. But it is too early to plan anything. A lot of clarity is needed on various matters before we start preparing. CSK will be okay whatever decision the BCCI takes but then they wouldn’t much tinkering of the format. They would want a full-fledged IPL.” a source of the franchise stated as quoted by Times of India.
BCCI first need to sort out the travelling arrangements for IPL for foreign players:
With conversations strolling around staging the tournament overseas, the Chennai-based franchise opines that it doesn’t make a difference where it takes place. The crucial aspect BCCI requires to take care of is the commuting of foreign players.
“If the tournament is held in the country, fans are unlikely to be allowed. So it doesn’t really make a difference then if you’re hosting the tournament overseas. The crucial aspect is the travelling arrangement of the foreign players. BCCI needs to sort that out first.” the source added further.