All Indians love IPL. With all cricket matches suspended or cancelled from March, a statement by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on the possibility of staging the Indian Premier League in empty stadiums this year has acted as a relief among cricket fans amid the unescapable pessimism of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a letter addressed to the members/units of the BCCI, Ganguly has written, “The BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums.” “The fans, franchisees, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year,” read a citation from the letter.
IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel has now inveterate that while a different window is being looked at for scheduling the tournament, officials might not mind organizing it overseas after an official announcement is given by the ICC over the future of World Twenty20.
On chances of hosting the tournament overseas, Patel added, “Suppose we shift just the first leg out of the country, we will have to go through a quarantine when we fly there. But we may probably also have to go through another quarantine when we’re back for the India leg, if Covid doesn’t relent. Or who knows, by October things will be different. Let’s see. Right now, we’re not ruling out the idea of playing the whole tournament overseas.”
Lately, a lot of players both from India and other countries, participating in the IPL have shown keenness on being part of this year’s IPL. Well, we hope to see the match with all safety soon.