Ganguly on IPL 2020
The cash-rich Indian Premier League was postponed in the wake of the COVID-19. Even now there is no certainty over the future of the same. If thee T20 World Cup scheduled to be held by the ICC in October-November gets postponed, the BCCI might get a window of hosting the 13th edition of the league.
Sourav Ganguly told in India Today’s show Inspiration, “We want to have it, as I said that cricket needs to be back. For us it’s off-season at the moment which has actually helped. We finished out domestic season in March and then we had to cancel the IPL, which is the most important part of our domestic season.” He added, “We want IPL to happen because life needs to be back to normal and cricket needs to be back to normal but we don’t have a decision from the ICC regarding the T20 World Cup.”
India is first priority, says Ganguly
The reports suggested earlier that there would be a chance of the league getting outside of the country following precautions due to the pandemic. But the BCCI president ensured that the board would try the best to host it within India itself. “We keep hearing different things from the media but till actually its officially not told to the board members and the countries, you don’t know what is happening.” Ganguly confirmed, “But we want to host it, our first priority is India. Whatever time we get, even if we get 35-40 days we will host it.”
At the chances of the league getting hosted abroad, Ganguly raised his eyebrows. He opined, “Will it be in India? If it’s not then we think of going out, but where? Because going out becomes very expensive for the board, the franchises because of the currency conversion rates. So we are monitoring it and we are very keen to host it. We have our fingers crossed, we don’t want the year 2020 to finish without an IPL.”