Ensuring the IPL is held this year remains my ‘first priority’ says BCCI chairman Saurav Ganguly. The glitzy IPL has been held every year since 2008 and was cancelled until further notice this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With most of the world slowly limping to normal, the former Indian captain has said that the decision on the IPL will be taken only after the ICC (International Cricket Council) decides on the T20 World Cup that is scheduled to be held in October-November in Australia.
Ganguly further added that he is prepared to host the IPL even if ‘we get 35 to 40 days’ for it.
‘Where’ to host this year’s IPL is a subject of debate. The BCCI may not be able to host it here due to Government rules but other countries like the UAE, New Zealand and Sri Lanka have offered to host it in their stadiums.
This could be done but at a higher cost, but the delay regarding this decision is keeping the BCCI bosses, sponsors and other stakeholders waiting with fingers crossed.
He also said that the mainstream media keeps telling different things but nobody knows what is exactly happening.
Only in 2009 was the IPL held in South Africa as its dates were clashing with the General Elections.
Due to the lockdown imposed since mid-March and the ease of restrictions in the ‘Unlock 2.0’ of the Government since it was eased after almost 3 months have been a ray of hope for many IPL fans.
In fact, the period from March to May is considered an important season for cricket which was washed out due to the lockdown.
‘We want the IPL to happen. Because life needs to be normal. Cricket needs to be back to normal’, Ganguly said.