With the fate of this year’s IPL hanging in balance, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said that nothing about the tournament has been decided so far. He also commented on where the tournament could be held. The thirteenth edition of the league was scheduled to start on March 29 before the pandemic compelled the BCCI to suspend the league indefinitely.
But the hopes of seeing IPL 2020 taking place has increased due to the fresh set of guidelines of ‘Unlock 1.0’. The government has steadily started giving relaxations and could soon allow the return of sports. In other parts of the world, Germany has already started Bundesliga while the likes of England, Spain and Italy are also gearing up to resume their respective football competitions.
As far as BCCI is concerned, Sourav Ganguly said that the board is looking at all options but is not yet sure when cricket can resume.
“We can’t say what will happen in the days to come. It is tough to predict. We are looking at all options. We are still not sure when cricket could resume,” Sourav Ganguly told Sportskeeda.
The IPL’s fate could be decided on June 10 when the International Cricket Council takes a call on the T20 World Cup 2020 scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November. There are talks that the IPL could get a window if the T20 World Cup is postponed.
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Recent media reports have also suggested that India could consider taking the IPL to another country if the situation at home does not improve. Sri Lanka Cricket have already expressed their desire of hosting the cash-rich tournament. Speaking on that, Sourav Ganguly said that while India would like to host the competition, he admitted that there is no confirmation over the venue.
“If at all IPL does happen, we don’t know where it could happen. India would certainly like to host the event, provided the environment is safe. Right now, we are not in a position to say anything. It is too early. We are yet to officially discuss the IPL schedule. But it depends on the safety of the environment. Saving human life and breaking the coronavirus chain are more important for all of us,” Sourav Ganguly said.