The board official, Usmani, of United Arab Emirates (UAE) had earlier confirmed the proposal they made to BCCI for hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) at their venues. Also, SLC requested BCCI to give them a chance to host their Indian cash-rich League (IPL) at their Island nation. However, BCCI denied that they did not receive such a proposal.
Now, an official of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed that either UAE or Sri Lanka will be taken under consideration for holding IPL.
IPL 2020 likely to happen at either Sri Lanka or UAE: BCCI official
“We are yet to decide on the venue but in all probability, it is going outside this year. The condition in India doesn’t look suited to have so many teams come in at one or two venues and then create an atmosphere that will be safe for the players as well as the general public even though the games may be played behind closed doors.
“The race is between UAE and Sri Lanka and we will need to decide on where we host the league depending on the situation there with regards to the coronavirus pandemic. Logistics also need to be looked into, so we will decide soon,” the official said as quoted by Cricket Next.
“See, it is a case of the decision-makers being divided 3-2 if that is how you wish to understand the current scenario. There are a couple of voices who feel that having the tournament should be the priority and if that means taking it out of the country, so be it,” an official had revealed.
Moreover, 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.