The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League [IPL] is nearing its culmination and speculations regarding the location and timing of the next season has already started doing the rounds.
The 13th season of the cash-rich league was originally supposed to take place in March-April in India but due to the onslaught of the Chinese coronavirus [Sars-Cov2] and with the cases in India at an all-time high, the BCCI was forced to not only postpone the season till September but also stage it in the bio-secure environment of the United Arab Emirates.
So, will the 14th edition take place during its normal window in India? BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that it will indeed be the case, besides adding that India will host England for a full tour early next year as the BCCI aims to set-up a bio-secure environment in the country.
Yeah, absolutely. April, May we’ll have another one [IPL 2021 season]. No, no it’s not true [the speculations]. The UAE was only for the IPL. Yeah, yeah. We will host England in India. We will host the domestic cricket in India. Ranji Trophy, we will create bio bubble and we will do it,” Sourav Ganguly told India Today.
“We’ll be fine. ISL starting in November in Goa, we’ll be fine. The scare, that is not there anymore and the IPL has helped a lot. [have taken ] 16 tests covid tests (laughs), so far being good,” he added.
Sourav Ganguly was chuffed to bits with the roaring success of the ongoing IPL. The former Indian skipper said that while he respects the other T20 tournaments around the world, he feels the fact that the best cricketers in the world take center stage in the lucrative league is something that separates it from the other T20 leagues.
”Yeah absolutely, it’s the quality of cricket [in the IPL], it’s the madness about cricket in this country. It’s the fans who actually make it successful. And the competition. It’s the quality of player, you go around and see the leagues in the world and I respect them, but this is different [the IPL],” he added.