IPL 2020 Can Go Ahead With 'Only Indian Players': Chairman Brijesh Patel 

IPL 2020 Can Go Ahead With ‘Only Indian Players’: Chairman Brijesh Patel 

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The schedule for IPL 2020 is far from being confirmed but it might take the October window. For the lucrative tournament to commence there are certain things that will be needed to taken into consideration and the fate of 2020 T20 World Cup tops the list. It is, however, certain that if the marquee tournament gets postponed IPL 2020 might take its slot.

Among the other criterion is the international stars who have rose the standard of IPL in the recent years. For international stars to join the franchises it will be necessary for the country’s borders to re-open in a pandemic situation which, at present, looks like a tough ask. However, with the lockdown easing in most countries, the international flights might start soon.

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We Can Have IPL 2020 With Only Indian Players: Chairman Brijesh Patel

IPL chairman Brijesh Patel is almost certain that the international flights might resume by September and October which will allow foreign players to join. If not, he has said that, the tournament can get underway with only Indian players.

“I think by then (September-October), international travel would have started. Preferably, we would want international cricketers participating. But it’s not that we can’t have it with only Indian players,” Patel told Hindustan Times in an interview.

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Australian and English players were keen to participate in the IPL. Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts had said that his players can play in the tournament if the T20 World Cup is called off this year.

Patel, however, feels the final call on IPL will be taken after ICC makes its decision on the lucrative tournament. Adding, the players and broadcasters are keen on the tournament going ahead this year.