BCCI has reportedly fixed a date to host the IPL 2020. They have also sent out instructions to the franchises to plan their schedule according to the time they fix.
Reports coming out have made it clear that BCCI is looking to conduct the IPL 2020. The coronavirus pandemic started to spread like a wildfire in India from March onwards. Hence the BCCI had to postpone the IPL till 15th April. However, the situations did not improve by then and hence it led to the indefinite postponement of this year’s IPL.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread destruction in the whole world. Almost all the countries are suffering from it. The organisers had to postpone all the sporting events in the world and the IPL was no such exception. Not long ago reports from various media sources stated that the BCCI has a ‘Plan B’ in place. The ‘Plan B’ is to organise a shortened IPL later this year. However, the Times Of India has come out and stated that the BCCI only has a ‘Plan A’, and that is to host all the 60 matches.
BCCI has decided to host the IPL in the period between September 25 and November 1.
However, BCCI has decided to host the IPL in the time slot between September 25 and November 1. But, that will lead to a clash with the ICC World T20. Therefore, the BCCI can only go forward if the ICC postpones the World Cup. BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhamal has said that the BCCI can only organise the IPL in that period if the World Cup gets postponed.
If BCCI is not able to organise the IPL this year, they will suffer a huge loss of over 4000 crores. The reports in Australian media say that BCCI will look to use their power in ICC to postpone the ICC World T20 so that they can make the slot available for the IPL.
However, Arun Dhamal has cleared this out. He said that they will not recommend anything in the meeting with ICC and it will be the sole decision of the ICC if they want to host the World Cup or not.
What did Arun Dhamal say?
“Why should the BCCI suggest postponing the Twenty20 World Cup? We’ll discuss it in the meeting and whatever is appropriate, (the ICC) will take a call,” Dhumal told Reuters.
He also feels that the Australian Government will play a major role in taking the decision. it will also be interesting whether they do forward with such a big event without spectators.
“It all depends on what the Australian government says on this – whether they’d allow so may team to come and play the tournament. Will it make sense to play games without spectators? Will it make sense for CA to stage such a tournament like that? It’s their call,” he signed off.