BCCI Meet: IPL 2020 To Be Held In UAE, Conditions Apply
The BCCI will approach the Indian government to check if they can host the IPL in India. If the situation in the country as regards the pandemic remains inconducive to hosting the tournament, they will shift the IPL to the UAE.
The BCCI’s top brass came together to finally decide on the return of cricket in India. In addition, BCCI’s Apex Council, comprising President Sourav Ganguly, Secretary Jay Shah and seven other officials, meet over video conference yesterday to discuss an 11-point agenda on top of which is the scheduling of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Big news came related to IPL. The Indian Premier League is likely to be held in the UAE during October and November, subject to government clearance and the International Cricket Council (ICC) announcing the postponement of the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah apprised the members at the Apex Council meeting on Friday.
Once the T20 World Cup, supposed to be held over the same period, is officially postponed, the BCCI will approach the Indian government to check if they can host the IPL in India. If the situation in the country as regards the pandemic remains inconducive to hosting the tournament, they will shift the IPL to the UAE.
The board also informed it’s Apex Council that no domestic cricket would be held until December. Thirty-eight teams take part in various domestic and age-group tournaments played across the country. Since players’ mobility is a big factor, the board doesn’t want to taking any hasty decision on its domestic calendar.
Tournaments like Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and Challengers series will be scrapped and age-group tournaments too will take a major hit this season.
Not just domestic cricket, but no international games are likely to be played at home this year.
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Camp in Ahmedabad
The world’s biggest cricket stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad couldn’t host its first game due to Covid-19, but chances are India will hold a cricket camp there before the series in Australia.
The stadium has quality accommodation inside its premises where players can stay. They can also be quarantined, if needed. And contracted players can experience open spaces for a return to groove after an extended period away from cricket.
IPL 2020 was scheduled to take place between March 29 and May 17. But the BCCI had to suspend the league indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.
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