Earlier, either Sri Lanka or UAE were in the consideration when BCCI mentioned venues selected for the cash-rich T20 Indian league. It had earlier been by one of BCCI’s officials that New Zealand can also be taken into consideration. An official of BCCI had disclosed that the Kiwis has also proposed him to hold the Indian Premier League (IPL) at their venues.
New Zealand Cricket has totally denied the claims and told that no hosting proposal was made towards BCCI. The Kiwi Board also cleared that neither the offers were made nor they have the intention to do so in the future.
New Zealand Cricket denies the IPL 2020 hosting claims by BCCI
“The report is simply speculation. We have not offered to host the IPL nor have we had an approach to do so,” New Zealand Cricket spokesperson Richard Boock told Radio New Zealand.
However, confirmation on the venue is still to be granted as India is still not free of COVID-19.
The official also prioritized the player’s health over every scenario and it will be the utmost thing to consider before moving on towards any decisive stage collectively with the stakeholders and broadcasters.
“Staging the event in India has to be the first choice but in case it is not safe to have it, then we will look at the overseas options. After UAE and Sri Lanka, New Zealand has also offered to host the IPL. We will sit down with all stakeholders (broadcaster, teams, etc) and take a call. The safety of the players is paramount. There will be no compromise on that,” the official was quoted as saying.