IPL 2020 was earlier scheduled to begin from March 28.(Source: BCCI)

New Zealand Cricket has rubbished off the claims made by a BCCI official about hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) in their country this year.

“The report is simply speculation. We have not offered to host the IPL nor have we had an approach to do so,” NZC spokesperson Boock was quoted as saying by Radio New Zealand.

New Zealand has been one of the least affected countries by the COVID-19 outburst. According to the reports, they only have 22 active cases presently and looking at the situation, New Zealand has proposed to host the IPL 2020.

The IPL was postponed for an indefinite time after the coronavirus outburst. Earlier, Sri Lanka and UAE had also offered to host the cash-rich league.

Mumbai Indians are the defending champions. The MI franchise is the most successful team who have won the title four times, while CSK have won it thrice.

Kolkata Knight Riders have won it twice while Rajasthan Royals, Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad have won it once.

IPL was slated to begin at the end of March and MI would have taken on CSK in the opening encounter of the tournament at the iconic Wankhede stadium.

The IPL has been held overseas twice. The 2009 edition took place in South Africa while UAE hosted half of the season in 2014 due to the general elections in India.

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