IPL In England: Amidst all the doom and gloom of Covid-19 circling around Indian cricket, comes a slight ray of hope. And we could yet see the Indian Premier League (IPL), forced into a mid-season hiatus by the virus, seeing the light. There’s a possibility of IPL 2021 season jumping and darting over the finishing line. Royal Challengers Bangalore fans would welcome the latest developments with open arms, as will all the cricket fans. Virat Kohli’s RCB was amongst the teams setting the early pace in IPL 2021.
As per the latest developments, the IPL governing council have plenty of options to consider with countries such as Sri Lanka and the UAE making offers to host the cash-rich tournaments.
There are also reports that several English counties have come up with proposals to host the remaining IPL matches, possibly in the month of September.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has accepted that there are options to host the IPL in foreign locations, but the board is yet to discuss them and that the offers have come too early.
“We will explore all the options and see when it’s feasible to play those matches and take a call at the right time,” Dhumal said.
“Their offer has not been discussed yet. It’s too early. Right now, our immediate plan is to finalise the preparation for the Twenty20 World Cup in India later this year.”
Dhumal also acknowledged that it was no surprise BCCI getting so many proposals from other countries about hosting the IPL.
“IPL is huge, and everybody wants to host IPL matches. It has a massive fan following even outside India.”
Even when the Covid-19 cases started soaring in India, IPL’s bio-bubble was still immune with the tournament unaffected till the halfway stage. But somehow the virus managed to breach into the safe walls of bio-bubble and started a domino effect. KKR was the first team to report coronavirus in its camp, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier namely, and though the said players were placed in isolation, BCCI finally had to give in when other teams started reporting bad news. And on May 4, the board took the decision of postponing the IPL 2021 season.
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