An official of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) disclosed that New Zealand has also proposed him to hold the Indian Premier League (IPL) at their venues.
Earlier, either Sri Lanka or UAE were in the consideration when BCCI mentioned venues selected for the cash-rich league. It has now been revealed that New Zealand can also be taken into consideration.
However, confirmation on the venue is still to be granted as India is still not free of COVID-19.
New Zealand offers to host IPL 2020
“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. UAE, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand have also offered to host the IPL,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying in India Today on conditions of anonymity.
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.
“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 added.
IPL was all set to go ahead by 29th March but the inconveniences caused by the Coronavirus within the country and across the globe have delayed the league until further notice with an eye on October-November window.
On the other hand, when the only option remaining for ICC would be canceling the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 and shifting it to another window of either 2021 or 2022, BCCI might get an open window of October-November to place their cash-rich T20 league, IPL. Also, as there is a little ease in the lockdown, it can trigger scheduling IPL.