Sourav Ganguly: BCCI ‘optimistic’ about holding IPL in empty stadiums in 2020

The BCCI is open to internet hosting the IPL in “empty stadiums” so long as the event is carried out in 2020. In a letter despatched to the state associations on Wednesday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly stated the board remained “optimistic” in regards to the IPL which was postponed indefinitely in April within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The BCCI is engaged on all potential choices to make sure that we’re capable of stage the IPL this 12 months, even when it means taking part in the event in empty stadiums,” Ganguly stated within the e-mail, accessed by ESPNcricinfo. “The followers, franchisees, gamers, broadcasters, sponsors and all different stakeholders are keenly wanting ahead to the potential of IPL being hosted this 12 months.”

The IPL stays BCCI’s largest cash spinner yearly, with the board deriving a big portion of its income from its profitable league, due to the report media rights deal value INR 16,347.5 crore (approx. US$ 2.55 billion) signed in 2017. If there isn’t any IPL this 12 months, the BCCI stands to lose round INR 4,000 crore (US$ 530 million approx.) from the media rights deal.

The most important problem for the BCCI is discovering a window for the IPL, which created a free window for itself in April-Could owing to its success since 2008. Nevertheless, with the destiny of worldwide tournaments just like the Asia Cup, Males’s T20 World Cup and the sequence that kind a part of the World Take a look at Championship hanging in stability, the IPL too stays undecided.

In case the T20 World Cup will get postponed, the BCCI would need to capitalise on the window left vacant and is assured that it may put the event collectively in a brief span of time, topic to permission from the Indian authorities. In line with the info collated by the Indian authorities, the nation at present has over 137,000 energetic instances of individuals contaminated by Covid-19, with over 8000 deaths.

Indian sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju just lately stated that the destiny of the IPL can be determined not by the BCCI, however the Indian authorities. “In India the federal government has to take a name and it’ll take a name relying on the state of affairs,” Rijiju was quoted as saying within the media. “We can’t put well being in danger simply because we need to have a sporting occasion.”

Nevertheless, Rijju didn’t rule out India internet hosting the IPL behind closed doorways if there was a way of normalcy. “It’s troublesome to verify dates however I’m positive we may have some type of sporting occasions this 12 months. We have now to be taught to reside with the state of affairs the place sporting occasions must be carried ahead with out spectators in stadiums and sports activities venues.”

Each the franchises and gamers, together with these from abroad, are enthusiastic and open about taking part in behind closed doorways. Throughout its assembly in March with the eight franchise house owners, the BCCI had mentioned numerous choices together with internet hosting the event with out crowds in just a few venues that might minimise journey and pose fewer logistical challenges.

“Not too long ago quite a lot of gamers, each from India and different nations, taking part in IPL have additionally proven their keenness on being part of this 12 months IPL,” Ganguly stated. “We’re optimistic and the BCCI will shortly determine on the long run plan of action on this.”

Ganguly additionally stated the BCCI was on the verge of finalising pointers for the return of cricket in India, and can be sharing them with the state associations. India’s home season begins in September, however state associations need readability on what the calendar seems to be like. Not too long ago, Rahul Johri, the BCCI chief government, had indicated that the home calendar would see a revamp.

“The Covid-19 virus is very contagious and BCCI has taken cognizance of the identical,” Ganguly stated. “The BCCI is within the means of growing a Covid-19 Commonplace Operation Procedures (SOP) for all State Cricket Associations. Primarily, this SOP is being made with a view of offering our Members with an ordinary set of pointers which is able to assist the Associations to renew cricket of their respective areas. The BCCI has engaged medical specialists for the drafting of this SOP.”


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