Colombo: Sri Lanka has supplied to host the 13th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which has now been indefinitely suspended by the BCCI because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The 2020 IPL version was slated to start out from March 29 however with the coronavirus outbreak it was first deferred until April 15 and now with the extension of nation-wide lockdown in India until Might 3, it has been indefinitely suspended.
Apparently, the Sri Lanka cricket board has written to their Indian counterparts whereby they’ve supplied to host the IPL.
“Apparently it will cost the BCCI and its stakeholders more than $500 million to cancel the IPL,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Shammi Silva, SLC president, as telling to Sinhala every day Lankadeepa.
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“So maybe they will minimise these losses by internet hosting the event in a foreign country.
“In the event that they play it in Sri Lanka, it’s simple for Indian audiences to look at the video games on TV. There’s precedent for this as a result of they’ve performed the IPL in South Africa earlier than. We’re ready for the Indian board to reply to our proposal,” he added.
On two events previously, the IPL has been shifted out of India. The 2009 version of the IPL had been moved to South Africa because of Lok Sabha elections. In 2014, the UAE had hosted the primary two weeks of IPL additionally due to the overall meeting polls in India.
“If the Indian board does agree to play the tournament here, we’re ready to provide facilities in line with the requirements and recommendations of medical professionals. It would be a substantial source of income for Sri Lankan cricket as well,” Silva mentioned.
Sri Lanka has to this point registered fewer variety of coronavirus circumstances as in comparison with India. Until now, the nation has over 230 COVID-19 circumstances whereas seven lives have been misplaced within the island nation.
Nonetheless, the lockdown imposed in Sri Lanka is much more extreme than that in most elements of India, with a curfew having been put in place for nearly 4 weeks. The Sri Lanka authorities stays optimistic about eliminating the virus from the nation and if the objective is achieved, then Sri Lanka can turn into a viable possibility as an IPL venue. Nonetheless, even then, the federal government clearance can be required to host such an enormous event.
BCCI can also be trying on the two choices of getting an IPL this 12 months. They want to organise the occasion in September and early October earlier than the T20 World Cup in Australia or internet hosting it on the expense of the T20 World Cup if the ICC, Cricket Australia and different stakeholders are all in settlement.
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In the meantime, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) paid tribute to their followers and urged them to remain house in a video that they tweeted. RCB would have been busy with the 2020 version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) had it not been for the coronavirus forcing a postponement of the event.
The video exhibits clips of the gamers in apply and through matches and followers of the staff within the stadium and on the streets. “The doctors and the police are playing bold everyday. To win, isn’t that why we always played? And we will continue even if glory is delayed,” says the narrator within the video.
The season was scheduled to start out on March 29 with Mumbai Indians taking over Chennai Tremendous Kings within the opener. Nonetheless, two weeks earlier than the beginning, the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) introduced that the season’s begin had been deferred to April 15 after the coronavirus pandemic pressured the postponement of South Africa’s ODI sequence in India.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 17, 2020
A couple of days after, Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced a three-week lockdown that ended on April 14. Nonetheless, this lockdown has since been prolonged to Might 3, prompting the BCCI to postpone the 2020 version of the event until the state of affairs improves.
In India, the situation is worse as greater than 13,000 confirmed circumstances have been reported to date with greater than 400 folks shedding their lives to coronavirus.
(With company inputs)