The world might be looking up to an Indian Premier League opportunity as the T20 World Cup in Australia seems a foregone conclusion for this year. Cricket experts feel the October-November window can best be used by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Players are going on record to say that they are all set for the big ticket event in India if the World Cup is deferred to next year.
The BCCI, however, is still not certain about how, when and where the IPL 2020 can take place if the World Cup in Australia is expectedly deferred. There is hope. And, there are many unanswered questions. Even BCCI president Sourav Ganguly did not have answers for those questions. At least for now.
More concerned about a coronavirus free-world more than anything else, Ganguly is still optimistic about the IPL 13 happening this year. But has no answers to how and when it will happen.
“We can’t say what will happen in the days to come. It is tough to predict. We are looking at all options. We are still not sure when cricket could resume,” Ganguly told India’s leading sports news website Sportskeeda.
“If at all, IPL does happen, we don’t know where it could happen. India would certainly like to host the event, provided the environment is safe. Right now, we are not in a position to say anything. It is too early. We are yet to officially discuss the IPL schedule. But it depends on the safety of the environment. Saving human life and breaking the coronavirus chain are more important for all of us,” said the former Team India captain, who is also being seen as a strong contender for the International Cricket Council independent chair.
Ace Australian batsman and Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith has said that he was prepared to play IPL if the T20 World Cup does not happen this year.
Earlier, former Australian skipper Mark Taylor had advocated for a window for IPL in the absence of the T20 World Cup 2020.