IPL 2020 may be staged in New Zealand or UAE

IPL 2020 may be staged in New Zealand or UAE

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided that they will go ahead with the preparation of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year.

According to a report by The Times of India, the BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has said that the BCCI will go ahead with the preparations of IPL irrespective of ICC’s decision on the T20 world cup. BCCI is also considering the option of staging the tournament in another country if they are unable to do in India. However, the first preference will be India. “We’ve to consider India first and then think of overseas,” said Dhumal. 

BCCI will face a loss of $535 million if it is unable to go ahead with IPL this year.

The countries that are being considered for hosting IPL are Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. All of them have offered to host the league but the board was optimistic about staging it on home soil, he added.

"The year started on a horrible note and there's been no relief on any front. But as time goes by, we need to take things head on and ensure that we remain prepared for any eventuality. Cricket is no different. It is time for the BCCI to start planning for the year ahead," said Dhumal.

The IPL was scheduled to begin on 29th March this year but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. People are really looking forward to this tournament but the decision to holding the same had been put on indefinite hold. Now that things are slowly crawling back to normalcy, the organisers are also looking at ways to salvaging the tournament. 

IPL started in the year 2008 and it has eight teams fighting for the converted title. Even in the past IPL has been staged in a foreign country. In the year 2009, due to the Lok Sabha elections and lack of security arrangements that were required for a tournament of this nature, it was decided to hold it in South Africa. 

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