BCCI exploring "all options" to make IPL happen, franchises want full league with same number of games
The BCCI is ready host the IPL behind closed doors and is working on “all possible options” to stage the tournament this year, board president Sourav Ganguly has stated.
While the BCCI has said that it is ready to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) behind closed doors and is working on “all possible options” to stage the tournament this year, altering its existing format is unacceptable to the franchises.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO Venky Mysore, on Thursday, addressed the media in a virtual press conference and said that while there is still no decision on IPL 2020, but all the franchises are together and want the event to be staged in its entirety.
“So one thing which I feel quite strongly about is that we should not tinker with the quality of the product that we have,” Mysore told reporters.
“It is the same quality that has made it really, really special. I think it is safe to say that the collective view is that we need to have the tournament in its full format, the same number of games, with all the players part of it,” he added.
Mysore said that in whichever window BCCI ends up staging the IPL, he hopes, that they'll be in a position stage it n full.
Mysore also spoke about the importance of foreign players and said while the Indian athletes form the backbone of the sides one cannot ignore the valuable contribution of the foreigners.
"Even when you look at even our own team – Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, an Eoin Morgan and now Pat Cummins comes as a combination to our excellent lineup that we have on the Indian side, makes it really special,” he explained while speaking on the sidelines of the launch of KKR Sahayata Vahan, an initiative to cater to COVID-19 and Cyclone Amphan relief work in West Bengal.
Meanwhile, in a letter to all the affiliated members/units of the BCCI, board president Sourav Ganguly has stated ,“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. The fans, franchisees, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year.
“Recently a lot of players, both from India and other countries, participating in IPL have also shown their keenness on being a part of this year IPL. We are optimistic and the BCCI will shortly decide on the future course of action on this.”