After so many months, here is some good news for cricket fans all around the world as BCCI President Saurav Gangly has hinted a possibility of IPl 2020 begin staged later this year.
This comes after ICC decided to buy some more time to take a call on the T20 World Cup scheduled for October-November this year in its meeting on Wednesday. And now as ICC has left its decision pending, BCCI has told state units that the board is afoot to make IPL 2020 a possibility.
“The BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums,” president Ganguly wrote in a letter.
“The fans, franchisees, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year,” he added.
Although no particular time period has been given, it’s understood that BCCI can only stage the IPL in India after the monsoon. That would mean, not before the end of September.
To illustrate the point of what the IPL means to all stakeholders, Ganguly wrote: “Recently a lot of players, both from India and other countries, participating in IPL have also shown their keenness on being a part of this year IPL. We are optimistic and the BCCI will shortly decide on the future course of action on this.”
IPL, besides being about cricket and fun is also about money that the BCCI and franchises earn. If IPL is not held this year, it would mean a loss of 4,000 crores to BCCI.
Also, after all that we are going through, who doesn’t want cricket to resume?