Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Premier League (IPL) got indefinitely postponed from its scheduled date of March 29. Meanwhile, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) is all set to host the IPL behind closed doors. BCCI is working on all possible options to stage the money-spinning tournament this year. It was started by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in his letter to all affiliated members of the body.
The letter reads, “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.” It is being speculated that if the ICC decides to postpone the T20 World Cup the tournament could be played in the October-November window.
Sourav Ganguly also stated in his letter that across the country, the cricketing activities have come to a standstill due to coronavirus, adding that training and competitive cricket could resume in the next two months. In the letter addressed to all the affiliated members Ganguly wrote, “The BCCI is in the process of developing a COVID-19 Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) for all State Cricket Associations. Essentially this SOP is being made with a view of providing our Members with a standard set of guidelines which will help the associations to resume cricket in their respective areas.”
Speaking of the domestic cricket, Ganguly said that BCCI is in the process of planning the domestic competitions for the next cricketing season. They are working on various formats and options in their reach to ensure that various domestic tournaments are held, they stay competitive and participation is feasible. He also added that BCCI will come up with more details about the same in the coming months.
The BCCI president has also said that during this lockdown period, the board has tried to release the dues of everyone involved with the board.