BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Hints At Pay Cuts For Indian Players If IPL 2020 Does Not Take Place

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Sourav Ganguly (Credit: Twitter)

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had dropped a significant hint regarding pay cut of Indian players if IPL 2020 does not take place. Sourav Ganguly has said that only if the IPL 2020 tales place, the board can ensure no pay-cuts for Indian players. The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has affected the cricketing spectrum to a great extent. All the global cricket activities have come to a standstill since the last couple of months, and all the cricketing boards have had to face enormous loss due to the stagnancy.

The BCCI has also incurred huge loss due to the delay of bilateral cricket series and majorly due to the postponement of its premier franchise league tournament, the Indian Premier League (IPL). India has been under a nationwide lockdown since March 25, and recently there have been exemptions allowed by the government to bring life back on track.

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However, there are still doubts over IPL 2020 future, and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has recently hinted for a pay cut for Indian players if the carnival of cricket does not take place.

Sourav Ganguly Hints At Pay Cuts For Indian Players If IPL 2020 Gets Cancelled

“We will have to examine our financial situation, see how much money we have and take a call. Not hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) will cause losses to the tune of R4,000 crore which is huge. If the IPL takes place, we won’t have to go in for pay cuts. We’ll manage things,” Sourav Ganguly told mid-day.

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Sourav Ganguly. Photo Credit: BCCI

BCCI is waiting for a final word from the Indian government. The country is currently observing the third phase of lockdown, which ends on May 17. The board might be allowed to conduct a few activities if the restrictions are lifted. There could also be a case that BCCI might be allowed to stage IPL behind the closed doors in the next few months.

Speculations Intensify Over IPL 2020 Future

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. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now looking at the October-November window for the IPL. But the move can be possible only if the ICC decides to postpone the 2020 T20 World Cup that is to be held in October, this year, according to some sources in the board.

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On April 10, latest reports suggested that the BCCI is probing into the July window to conduct the IPL and it could take place behind closed doors. However, all hopes have once again vanished as the BCCI has suspended the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 victims toll rising in India, cricket returning to India seems a possibility far from reality.

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