IPL 2020 can be held in UAE or Sri Lanka: Sunil Gavaskar

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Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) can think about hosting Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 overseas in either Sri Lanka or the UAE, given the two cricket boards have offered to host the cash-rich T20 league, India Today reported.

He also said that the IPL 2020 can be held in September-October if the T20 World Cup is postponed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Sunil Gavaskar, speaking at Salaam Cricket 2020, said even if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secures a window for IPL 2020, it will not be ideal to host the tournament in India due to the possible monsoon during September and October.

Meanwhile, Gavskar also said a shortened tournament will be feasible, considering the restrictions and safety protocols in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"If the IPL is held in Sri Lanka from September then it might be possible. If you play somewhere overseas then the home and away factor won't be there. So instead of the 14 matches per team, the tournament will be reduced to maybe 7 matches per team. That might be possible and only then maybe the IPL can happen. Then we can have IPL in September-October, not in India because there can be monsoon at that time. Maybe, Sri Lanka or UAE can host the IPL," Sunil Gavaskar said.

IPL 2020 has been postponed until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While the tournament has missed the April-May window, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, in a letter to state associations and stakeholders, said the cricket board is hopeful of hosting the T20 World Cup.

IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel told this website that the BCCI is looking at the September-October window for hosting the IPL.

Australian government's latest announcement positive sign for T20 World Cup: Gavaskar

Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar said the T20 World Cup can also go ahead as scheduled if the Australian government is confident of hosting the 16-team tournament.

While the ICC has deferred the final call on T20 World Cup to July, Australia will allow crowds of up to 10,000 at small stadiums to watch sport as part of plans to ease social distancing restrictions in July, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said.

"After hearing what the Australian govt said, it seems like the T20 World Cup can happen. Players will have to reach Australia earlier than usual for the 14-day quarantine period and then for the practice matches. If the ICC accepts that the tournament will have to happen then it will be difficult to hold the IPL. If the T20 World Cup got cancelled then only the IPL window was possible.

"The T20 World Cup can happen but there will be 16 teams in the tournament with 15 players each including their support staff, doctors, etc.

"It will be difficult to hold but if the Australian government says it can happen, then it can happen maybe in October-November. There is still some time, maybe the curve in India also will flatten by then," Gavaskar said

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  • True citizen Saturday, 13 June 2020 04:46 PM

    MR NR BR YR Keep out of this tournament if held in Sri Lanka. You all are losers. Boru shok only! No real intention to develop Sri Lanka. You all are spent force now.

    Lalindra Amarasiri Saturday, 13 June 2020 09:47 PM

    What an idiot you are?

    Sri Lankan Saturday, 13 June 2020 05:30 PM

    How could India be sending a team to play cricket anywhere. The way covid-19 is spreading and killing in India, it is clear by September 2020 millions would have died in India.

    anglican ponyl Saturday, 13 June 2020 05:39 PM

    Sri Lankans can embrace CORONA as a bonus from Indian if IPL held in SL

    Lanka putha Saturday, 13 June 2020 05:40 PM

    Sure stay in UAE don't come to Sri Lanka with the virous spreading in india. You keen have it in your village or back yard.

    Citizen Saturday, 13 June 2020 06:06 PM

    Please for God Sake. DO NOT KEEP IN SRI LANKA. India is highly vulnerable for COVID-19 as of now. Please think of our country first.

    Jaya Saturday, 13 June 2020 06:39 PM

    Can bring much needed foreign income. But at the present state of COVID in India we might dig our own grave.

    BuffaloaCitizen Saturday, 13 June 2020 07:02 PM

    Avoid any of these large gatherings. Our economy cannot sustain another close down of this sort... we are not Taiwan, Japan or UAE who have excellent economies with honest leaders, we are a continuously robbed nation.

    Covid Saturday, 13 June 2020 07:29 PM

    Ravid can come to SL without the Covid

    Jude Saturday, 13 June 2020 08:50 PM

    Who's bright idea to play IPL in the midst of a pandemic!??? Huh!!

    Sri lanka Saturday, 13 June 2020 10:10 PM

    No Indians in SL until the former clean the covid mess in their country.

    GHarry Saturday, 13 June 2020 11:07 PM

    Is IPL an important event right at the moment where people are struggling to cope with their ends-meet? Mad guys and spoilt brain!!!

    Afker Sunday, 14 June 2020 02:12 AM

    Please before hosting IPL in Sri Lanka.. Please host Sri lankan who is stranded in middleast.. That is more priority than Sports now

    Rome tuan Sunday, 14 June 2020 08:00 AM

    Please don't send Indians or ipl to Sri Lanka...

    Ajja Monday, 15 June 2020 08:41 AM

    It is good for Srilanka but a daunting task to Quarantine the foreign Teams as well as foreign Spectators.

    sacre blieu Monday, 15 June 2020 09:40 AM

    We must not take such a risk with crowd gathering shoulder to shoulder, until a very clear situation persists, and may be even until the end of the year. They will make their money and go, the public will be the victims.


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