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December 1, 2020

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Looking at September end or early October start: IPL chairman

One of the fallouts of scheduling gone haywire because of Covid-19 is that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) are vying for the same window for their T20 tournaments.

ICC slotted World T20 from October 18 to November 15 way before the novel coronavirus stopped all sport. Forced to suspend the Indian Premier League (IPL) – said to be valued at Rs 4000 crore – BCCI wants to hold its competition around that time.

A. Yes, we are hopeful that we can host the IPL this year. In a best-case scenario we want the full edition, not a truncated one. It is, of course, subject to what the ICC decides on the T20 World Cup. But we are looking at September end-early October start for IPL. ICC should take a decision soon. Because if the World Cup is happening teams have to prepare for it. Players are all still in lockdown. After all, it is a World Cup that we are talking about.

A. Let’s see how the situation with Covid-19 develops. Our first preference is India. We also have to see what the government guidelines are at that time. There is still some time. Both UAE and Sri Lankan boards have offered to host. But we would like it to be at home.

Q. At home, is the plan to host in limited venues such as Mumbai and Pune where there can be three or four stadiums available?

A. If we are playing without crowds, the location does not matter. We would perhaps require four stadiums. But you can’t plan that at the moment. For example, today, you can’t play in Mumbai.

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