Brijesh Patel, the chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council, says he’s ready for the Worldwide Cricket Council’s (ICC) formal announcement on the T20 World Cup, one which’s been pending for some time now, earlier than preparations can get underway to host this yr’s version.
Talking to TOI on Thursday, Patel mentioned: “We’re able to go forward with the IPL. However we are able to begin planning the schedule formally solely after the official announcement is made on the T20 World Cup, which I am anticipating will arrive anytime quickly. On our half, we have already earmarked the September-October window for the match to be performed.”
The ICC was anticipated to take a ultimate determination on the T20 World Cup on Could 28 which then bought deferred to June 10 and is now anticipated to renew on June 14, Monday.
Patel additional added that plans are already afoot to host the league within the September-October window. “Proper now, we’re saying it is tentative as a result of finalities of the schedule can solely be labored out as soon as official confirmations arrive. Talks are occurring with the league’s a number of stakeholders and we’re all on board. So, it is a matter of time earlier than we begin placing issues in place,” the GC chairman mentioned.
The senior cricket administrator says there are possibilities that the match can transfer overseas too, if it’s not attainable to host it in India. “We’ve got to observe how issues are going to play out over the following one month from a Covid perspective. We do not thoughts shifting the IPL to a different nation, both partially or in full. There are different points to be thought-about right here,” he says.
“Suppose we shift simply the primary leg overseas, we should undergo a quarantine once we fly there. However we could in all probability additionally need to undergo one other quarantine once we’re again for the India leg, if Covid would not relent. Or who is aware of, by October issues will probably be totally different. Let’s examine. Proper now, we’re not ruling out the thought of taking part in the entire match abroad,” Patel mentioned.
The match should start in September and conclude in October as a result of India is anticipated to journey to Australia the next month to endure a quarantine earlier than the Check collection begins Down Underneath.
“If the IPL has to start in September, there will be a risk of monsoon. Regardless of the case, logistics should be labored out fastidiously. Whether or not in India or abroad, the match will not be performed at greater than two or three venues as a result of it is just for tv,” says Patel.
The Emirates Cricket Board (UAE) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have each supplied to host the match if the BCCI decides to shift it abroad. Nonetheless, proper now, UAE appears to be a extra sensible selection among the many considering heads in Indian cricket for quite a lot of causes.
First, the BCCI has already carried out a leg of IPL there, in 2014. Second, the grounds in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are far-off from town. There are sufficient selections to reign in hospitality and the required bio-secure zones. Lastly, the climate is more likely to be extra accommodating.
“Additionally keep in mind, wherever the IPL is performed, it will be performed to empty stands. So, so long as it is out there prime time for Indian followers, it should not be an issue,” Patel added.
Broadcasters Star too, it’s learnt, are consistent with the thought and consider it would not matter if the match is held in India or abroad. “So long as the total match is performed and is out there to Indian viewers on prime time and there is not any hole in the course of the match due to a repetition of quarantine or such, they’re (Star) going to be wonderful with it,” say trade executives.
The ball, subsequently, is as soon as once more in ICC’s courtroom to come back out with a proper announcement on the T20 World Cup.