Apart from exploring overseas venues such as Sri Lanka and UAE, BCCI is not ready to rule out the possibility of hosting Indian Premier League in India itself. According to some unconfirmed news reports from the sources, BCCI might be planning to host IPL in only one city to avoid the risk of COVID-19 while travelling.
But the report suggests Mumbai could host the entire IPL season in October- November despite it being the worst affected city in the country.
“Mumbai is certainly the top choice for BCCI right now. We will see how things go from here. We are certain about one thing – IPL is happening “, a source said.
The source also told that the matches could be played at three stadiums – Wankhede Stadium, DY Patil Stadium and CCI Sporting Complex so that the pitches don’t get tired out. However, with Bengaluru not having a lot of cases relatively, it’d have been a better option than Mumbai if you look at the situation currently.
Although the top official also ensured that all the safety measures will be taken along with providing testing kits for players before calling them over to play the league.
“With sporting events like Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga resuming everywhere, why can’t IPL happen?
With New Zealand being declared Corona free, it would have been the best option to arrange IPL as the situation currently says but the problem with New Zealand could be different time zones as matches would be played in the afternoon according to Indian time which would mean office time for a lot of viewers even though some are working from home too in the wake of current pandemic.
Australia too could be a viable option if the situation improves. The time zone is not too big a problem compared to New Zealand but BCCI would be looking to cover some of it’s losses by arranging it in India somehow. Mohali, Jaipur and Hyderabad are three other cities in contention to host the cash rich league other than Mumbai and Bengaluru.