BCCI communicate to our community suspend IPL this year.
The BCCI has made an internal communication to its affiliated state units to suspend Indian Premier League this year.
The BCCI has stepped in after the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to buy more time to call on the T20 World Cup to be held in October-November this year in its meeting on Wednesday.
For the first time, the BCCI has made an internal communication to its affiliated state units which plans to complete the suspended version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year.
Ganguly wrote in a letter, “BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we can stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing a tournament in an empty stadium.”
“Fans, franchises, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are eagerly looking forward to hosting the IPL this year,” he said.
Although no specific time period is given, it is understood that the BCCI can stage only the IPL in India after the monsoon. It would not mean before the end of September. This leaves the BCCI to use its good offices and clot, to create a window for the TCC league.
Although hosting multi-nation events appears as a nightmare in the Kovid-19 affected world, the Asian Cricket Council is yet to postpone the Asia Cup to be held in September.
To illustrate the point of what IPL means to all stakeholders, Ganguly wrote: “Recently a lot of players from India and other countries, who have participated in the IPL, have also become part of the IPL this year. “We are optimistic and BCCI will decide the future course of action soon.”
If the IPL is not held this year, the BCCI will incur a revenue loss of around Rs 4000 crore.
State units have also been informed that SOPs will be sent soon to resume training and cricket activities. “The BCCI is in the process of developing a Kovid-19 Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) for all state cricket associations.
Essentially this SOP is being created with a view to providing our members with a standard set of guidelines, which will help the federations to reinvent cricket in their territories.
The BCCI has engaged medical experts for drafting this SOP. I want to assure all our members that BCCI officials are constantly monitoring the epidemic situation and all efforts are being made to ensure that cricket starts as soon as possible. “