The BCCI issued a statement on Thursday, officially confirming the postponement of the IPL. The board said that for the safety of people, this decision is most important. No proposal received to conduct IPL in Sri Lanka, as long as the whole world is under lockdown, no discussion on it.
- IPL was to be held from March 29, but due to the lockdown, BCCI postponed April 15 and then indefinitely.
- Cricket Sri Lanka President said- BCCI could lose more than $ 500 million due to IPL cancellation
Due to coronavirus, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made an official announcement on Thursday to postpone the 13th season of the IPL until further orders. After this Cricket Sri Lanka (SLC) has offered to host this tournament. At the same time, a senior BCCI official, while talking to the news agency, denied that any such proposal was received. He said that there was no proposal to conduct IPL in Sri Lanka, as long as the whole world is under lockdown, there will be no discussion on it.
Earlier, SLC President Shammi Silva said on Thursday, “We will have a better situation here than in India.” In such a situation we can organize IPL. We will soon write a letter to the BCCI in this regard. ”
Many options for getting IPL abroad
IPL was shifted to South Africa in 2009 and UAE in 2014 due to the Lok Sabha elections. Then this senior officer was also included in that BCCI team. He said, “Sri Lanka has been India’s partner in the ICC. His proposal makes sense. There will be talk next month about IPL in another country. You will see many new equations about the tournament because we will have many options for this. ”
‘Loss of IPL in another country will reduce loss’
Silva said, “The cancellation of the IPL could result in a loss of more than $ 500 million to the BCCI and its stakeholders.” The board can reduce the losses by organizing IPL in another country. If they play in Sri Lanka it will be easier for Indian viewers to watch the matches on TV. The BCCI has already organized the IPL in South Africa. He said that we will wait to see how BCCI responds to our proposal. If the Indian board is ready to play IPL in Sri Lanka, then we are ready to provide complete facilities which are according to the needs of the medical professional. This will also earn some money for Sri Lanka cricket.
New window not announced for IPL
The IPL was originally scheduled to be held from March 29, but the board had earlier postponed it till April 15 due to the lockdown. On 14 April itself, the central government has extended the lockdown till 3 May. The board then decided to postpone it for indefinite reasons. It was also confirmed on Thursday. However, he has not announced any new window for this.
India has to play two series from June to September
Talking of IPL, it is difficult to get past December due to the current situation and international schedule. The monsoon season lasts from June to September. During this time India also has to play series in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. The T20 World Cup is to be played in Australia in October-November. After this, the calendar of the mutual series of teams is also fixed. In the midst of this schedule, the BCCI will have to find vacant dates for the IPL. Even if this happens, it is not possible to have an IPL before December.