BCCI exploring all options to hold IPL 2020, considers staging it outside India: Report

The 13th edition of Indian Premier League remains suspended “until further notice” due to COVID-19 pandemic.

IPL 2020 was initially slated to start on March 29 | IANSThere is a lot of speculation surrounding around the staging of IPL 2020, which remains suspended “until further notice” due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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Amid the buzz, an ANI report claims that the BCCI is exploring all the possible options to hold the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, even organising the tournament outside the country but as their last resort.

"The board is looking at all options. If it comes to taking IPL out of India, it may happen but as the last option," a source within BCCI told ANI.

"If that's the only option then we will consider it. We have done it in the past also and we can do it again but the first preference will be to host it in India," the source added.

If the IPL 2020 gets shifted to another country, it will not be the first time when the league will take place outside India. Notably, the 2009 edition of IPL and some matches of the 2014 season were held in South Africa and UAE respectively because of the general elections in India.

According to the media reports, the BCCI is eyeing October-November window for IPL 13 if the T20 World Cup, slated to be played in Australia from October 18 to November 15, gets postponed owing to the deadly outbreak.

Last week, the ICC deferred a decision on the 2020 edition of T20 World Cup till June 10, saying it wants to look at contingency plans for some more time.

"We will wait for clarity over T20 World Cup from ICC before discussing anything further. But I can tell that as of now no decision has been taken," the source said.


By Salman Anjum - 04 Jun, 2020

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