IPL 2020 likely to happen in UAE or Sri Lanka: BCCI Official


New Delhi: The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is expected to move out of the country. However, the final confirmation is yet to be made.

According to reports, the BCCI may take the tournament to either UAE or Sri Lanka.

“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 that will be safe for the players as well as the general public even though the games may be played behind closed doors.

“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,” the official said.

ICC has conducted a number of meetings so far but is yet to deliver a final word regarding the future of the seventh edition of the T20 World Cup. The apex board is expected to announce its final decision in the third week of July.

As far as IPL is concerned, BCCI hasn’t cancelled the league and hopes to stage the tournament in September-October. However, the number of positive COVID-19 is on a rise in the country, which could see the league getting cancelled. Hence, the board is keeping all options open and is ready to move IPL outside India. BCCI will suffer a loss of Rs 4,000 crore should it be forced to cancel the cash-rich league.

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