The coronavirus outbreak has forced the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be postponed for an indefinite time. The 13th edition of the cash-rich league was earlier slated to begin in March-end but was then postponed till April 14. With the dark clouds on the IPL 2020, the Sri Lanka cricket board (SLC) has reportedly proposed to host the event.
“If they play it in Sri Lanka, it’s easy for Indian audiences to watch the games on TV,” President of SLC, Shammi Silva said.
While Sri Lanka cricket has shown interest in hosting the event the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and former Australian cricketer Simon Katich has suggested Australia as the hosts for the mega event.
“There would be a few teams – us in particular at RCB, we’d be very happy for it to be played abroad, because a number of our overseas players are Australian and South African, who really would enjoy these conditions in Australia,” Katich told SEN Radio.
The World T20 is also slated to take place in Australia but the lockdown in the country might affect this cricketing event as well.
The cricketers have been dealing with the lockdown situation very well. While some are busy with the household work, others are making TikTok videos with their families. But they have also been making some contributions towards the fight against COVID-19.
From the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to skipper Virat Kohli to latest sensation of the women’s team Shafali Verma, the cricketing fraternity has played their role pretty significantly to the cause.
India toured New Zealand for a Test, ODI and T20I series earlier this year. They won the T20Is but lost the Test and ODI series.