IPL postponed: Is BCCI eyeing a new window to host season 13 amid COVID-19 scare?
Even though most of the cricketing nations do not have a tight schedule in the July-September window, the Future Tours Programme (FTP) cricketing calendar has the Asia Cup T20 and an England-Pakistan series in the fray pose a challenge to hold the 60 matches in the prescribed time-interval.
Speculations about the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be played as a closed-door affair and the tournament being shortened due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic has now taken a new turn as the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) are now looking to hold the full season in the July-September window either in the subcontinent or abroad.
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Even though most of the cricketing nations do not have a tight schedule in this window, the Future Tours Programme (FTP) cricketing calendar has the Asia Cup T20 and an England-Pakistan series in the fray pose a challenge to hold the 60 matches in the prescribed time-interval. The decision of the England Cricket Board (ECB) to launch The Hundred, a 100-ball cricketing tournament is also seen as a setback for the Indian tournament, with Cricket Australia reviewing the contracts of marquee players including the likes of Mitchel Starc, David Warner, Glen Maxwell and Steve Smith.
India are also scheduled to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20s in Sri Lanka before heading to Australia for the T20 world cup.
Despite all these challenges, BCCI is upbeat on going ahead with the plan and would be hoping to make some changes in the schedule. “The 2009 IPL- in South Africa- was played inside 37 days. That’s five weeks and two days. If that kind of window is made available, the IPL can be held partly in India and partly overseas, or the entire tournament can be shifted, depending on how the COVID-19 situation is globally “, an official told Times of India. According to industry executives, it is also expected that nine to 11 matches have to be cancelled if a week is lost from a minimum of 37 days.