IPL abroad not among seven options discussed with franchisees

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India has discussed as many as seven options with the Indian Premier League franchisees. A curtailed IPL is one of the options but an IPL outside India is fully ruled out.

The BCCI on Saturday discussed the option of conducting a curtailed Indian Premier League with the eight IPL franchise owners in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to the event being suspended by a fortnight.

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The BCCI has met representatives of all the eight franchisees in Mumbai this morning ahead of the IPL Governing Council meeting, which was scheduled for the afternoon.

“There were six to seven options discussed during the meeting between team owners and BCCI including a curtailed IPL,” a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity after the meeting in Mumbai.

In India, there have been two deaths and more than 80 positive COVID-19 cases, resulting in a Government directive to shut the fans out of sporting events to avoid large gatherings.

The source also confirmed that shifting the tournament abroad was not discussed at all in the meeting.

COVID-19 has resulted in more than 5,000 deaths globally.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) co-owner Ness Wadia said: “BCCI, IPL and (official broadcaster) Star (Sports) are clear that we are not looking at financial loss.”

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