BCCI sent an acceptance letter to UAE
BCCI sent an acceptance letter to UAE

It looks like the BCCI finally made up its mind on going the distance to conduct the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the BCCI has postponed the league to April 15 as a precautionary measure. Where the experts comes out with possible six ways to host if IPL starts from April 15.

Previous the announcement IPL franchise agreed to play the match behind the closed door where they request to permit the foreign players against the visa restriction imposed by Indian Government. BCCI made the announcement after their meeting on March 14(Saturday) and hints IPL may called off if it cross it’s deadline(April 20).

After this announcement IPL owners had a conference call on March 16 and comes out with a decision focusing the safety of the peoples. But the BCCI is in no mood to give up on its hopes of conducting the IPL and is reportedly planning to stage the tournament in July-September if things do not improve in the coming days.

The Indian cricket board report a decision that if it can’t host the IPL in the country, it would move to a different venue. The board is also ready to host the tournament at a later date even if all the players will not be available. Thus contrary to the recent reports, the BCCI is not ready at all to cancel the IPL this year altogether.

Ganguly regards IPL
Ganguly regards IPL

The report further stated that BCCI is planning to host the IPL in July-September if things do not improve in the coming days. The Future Tours Programme (FTP) for the year 2020 has little of consequence between the months of July and September barring the Asia Cup T20 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) scheduled in September and England hosting Pakistan at home before playing Ireland in the white-ball format.

“The 2009 IPL – in South Africa – was played inside 37 days. That’s five weeks and two days. If that kind of a window is made available, the IPL can be held partly in India and partly overseas, or the entire tournament can be shifted, depending on how the Covid-19 situation is globally,” a source told the Times of India.

There is not much international cricket during this proposed July-September window. The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia will start in the third week of October, and no dates so far are confirmed for the Asia Cup 2020 in the month of September.

The Asia Cup in September could make things tricky for India who are also set to visit Sri Lanka in June/July for a short ODI and T20I series. The BCCI is currently planning on how to tweak the schedule.

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