The Emirates Cricket Board has offered to host the IPL this year. The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The league was scheduled to start on March 29,2020, with the first match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. However, the BCCI suspended the tournament till April 15 after seeing the rise in coronavirus cases in India. But when the government increased the lockdown in the country till May 3, BCCI postponed the tournament for an indefinite time.
As there is no possibility of hosting the tournament in the country any time soon, BCCI is receiving offers from other boards to host the IPL 2020 in their countries. However, BCCI has not taken any decision as the game of cricket has been suspended globally due to the pandemic. The deadly virus has now affected more than 4.1 million people across the globe.
UAE is the second cricketing nation to have made the offer of hosting the IPL. A few days back, Sri Lanka had also offered to host the league. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said that it has also discussed the possibility of playing host with BCCI.
Talking about the same, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal quoted, “The UAE has offered to host the IPL if we want them to. But right now when there is no international travel, there is no question of taking a call on that”. He further added, “The health and security of players and all participants is our priority. At the moment, the entire world travel has come to a standstill, so there is nothing we can decide at this stage,”
IPL is a big tournament for Indian cricket as it provides a lot of revenue to the board. If the league gets canceled this year, BCCI is expected to face huge losses. The cancelation of IPL 2020 will have a major financial impact on both BCCI and the Indian economy.
Dhumal told SportsStar, “The BCCI will also be in a difficult position in case cricket does not resume soon, especially the IPL. In that case, the BCCI will also have to face a lot of financial hardships. IPL is one of the major revenue-generating tournaments,”