The treasurer of BCCI, Arun Dhumal, disclosed that they can move the Indian Premier League (IPL) out of India unwillingly amidst the Coronavirus outbreak.
The treasurer also discussed when during the Lok Sabha elections, IPL got moved to South Africa and compared that time to 2020 where the pandemic can force BCCI to shift IPL to another country. However, the safety of the players is the first concern BCCI seeks.
BCCI could move IPL out of India unwillingly
“If it is safe for our players to play IPL in India, then it would be our first preference but in case the situation does not permit and we are not left with any choice and a window is available then we can look at moving IPL 2020 out of India,” Dhumal was quoted as saying in an exclusive interview with Times Now.
“We have done it in the past in South Africa. We may not want to do it willingly but if that’s the only possibility then there is not much anyone can do about it,
Arun Dhumal maintained that no country is safe from the Coronavirus but it can be safe moving IPL out of India as India has got a high number of cases. Reports suggested that India was proposed by Sri Lanka and UAE to host their cash-rich league but Arun thinks that travel restrictions can be an obstacle while moving IPL out of India.
“No country is safe from the Covid-19 pandemic so it’s not going to be easy if we decided to shift IPL out of the country and take players to Sri Lanka, Dubai, or South Africa. The situation is almost the same everywhere, international travel restrictions are also a problem.
“Sri Lanka was okay but in the last couple of days cases have risen there so problems are there, we need to deal with them,” he added.