With more than 600,000 Covid19 cases in the country, one thing has become clear that the Indian Premier League’s 2020 edition will not take place in India. This means the recent reports about IPL 2020 bandwagon moving to the city of Mumbai is not happening and rather IPL’S 13th edition will move to offshore venues.
In a recent conversation with IANS, a BCCI official hinted that the tournament is moving out this year. He picked Sri Lanka and UAE as front-runners to host the tournament. The report adds that BCCI is waiting for an official word regarding the future of T20 World Cup before taking a final decision regarding IPL 2020.
“We are yet to decide on the venue but in all probability, it is going outside this year. The condition in India doesn’t look suited to have so many teams come in at one or two venues and then create an atmosphere which will be safe for the players as well as the general public even though the games may be played behind closed doors,” the official told IANS.
IPL 2020 Venue : Choice between UAE & Sri Lanka
The situation around Covid19 in the country is getting tight according to the BCCI official. This does not leave them with much room to organize IPL 2020 in India. According to the BCCI official, the season if it gets hosted will move to either UAE or SriLanka with UAE being the frontrunner.
“The race is between UAE and Sri Lanka and we will need to decide on where we host the league depending on the situation there with regards to the coronavirus pandemic. Logistics also need to be looked into, so we will decide soon,” he added.
BCCI will suffer a huge loss of Rs 4,000 crore should it be forced to cancel the cash-rich league. Twice in past board has taken the IPL editions to offshore venues. In 2009, the complete tournament was played in South Africa while in 2014, the first 20 matches were played in UAE. Since UAE has hosted IPL in past, it remains the front-runner. Apart from hosting IPL, UAE was India’s home in Asia Cup 2018 as BCCI was the host country of the previous edition.