Sourav Ganguly said – IPL can be played without an audience, the decision will be taken soon after discussing all options

Sourav Ganguly
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  • IPL to be held from March 29 this year has postponed due to coronavirus
  • BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said – Guidelines are being prepared for IPL and domestic matches

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly, has indicated that the Indian Premier League (IPL) should be held soon. He said on Thursday that all possible options for the IPL are being discussed. The tournament can also be held without spectators.

The BCCI has already postponed IPL for an indefinite time due to the coronavirus which is to be held from March 29 this year. This year’s T20 World Cup in Australia may also be postponed. In such a situation, IPL could be held in October-November.

Every option is being discussed

Ganguly said, “BCCI is working on all the possible options to conduct IPL this year. Whether the tournament has to be held without an audience. A decision will be taken soon. ”Recently, Ganguly said that the board would lose about Rs 4,000 crore due to the cancellation of the IPL.

Many players want to play IPL

The BCCI president said, “Recently many Indian and foreign players have expressed their desire to play in the IPL. Fans, franchises, players, broadcasters, sponsors, and all the stakeholders expect the IPL to happen this year. The BCCI will soon decide on the future of IPL. ”

BCCI is preparing guidelines

Ganguly said in a letter to all the concerned institutions, “BCCI is working on preparing the Covid-19 Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) for all state cricket associations. Through this guideline, all associations will be able to start cricket in their respective areas. He said that BCCI’s effort is to start domestic cricket and training in the next two months.

BCCI awaits a decision on T20 World Cup

The ICC held a virtual meeting on Wednesday about the future of the T20 World Cup. In this, the decision regarding the World Cup is deferred for a month. The tournament is to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November this year. If sources are to be believed, the BCCI is waiting for the ICC’s decision regarding the World Cup.

BCCI divided into 3-2 for IPL in abroad

According to BCCI sources, the board is divided into 3-2 for getting the IPL in abroad. The majority is about to make this league in India. Some of them say that the League should be taken out of India, if the situation requires it, in view of the demand. This option should last.

IPL is being played twice out of India

So far, due to the Lok Sabha elections, the IPL has been played twice out of India. In 2009, the IPL was hosted by South Africa. The tournament then ran for 5 weeks and 2 days. In 2014, the tournament matches were played in India and UAE.

IPL schedule can now be of 37 days

This time the IPL was to be 44 days instead of 50 days. All 8 teams have to play 14–14 matches in 9 cities. Apart from these, there were 2 semi-finals, 1 knockout and a final in Wankhede on 24 May, but the BCCI can now shorten the format to 37 days as in 2009.


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