The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed the Indian Premier League (IPL) for an indefinite time due to the COVID-19 outburst. A number of cricketing and sporting events were canceled earlier due to the pandemic and IPL 2002 was no different.
But if the reports are to be believed, the IPL might take place away from India. This won’t be the first time that the cash-rich league would be held in some other country. South Africa and UAE have hosted the IPL earlier.
The UAE and Sri Lanka have had offered to host the tournament as well.
“If it is safe for our players to play IPL in India, then it would be our first preference but in case the situation does not permit and we are not left with any choice and a window is available then we can look at moving IPL 2020 out of India,” Dhumal said to Times now.
India have only played New Zealand this year away from home. They won the T20Is but lost the Tests and ODIs. The Men in Blue were then slated to play South Africa at home in a three-match ODI series.
But the first match was washed away due to rain while the other two were canceled due to Coronavirus outburst. The IPl was scheduled to begin on March 29 with Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings at home in Wankhede stadium. But initially, the league was postponed till April 14 and later for an indefinite time.