The New Zealand Cricket Board has contradicted the claims the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) fabricated for arranging the Indian Premier League (IPL) proposal in New Zealand by the Kiwis board.
They have labeled the claims as false and revealed that there was no such proposal by the New Zealand board. Latterly, an official of BCCI babbled that along with Sri Lanka and UAE, New Zealand has also approached BCCI proposing their venues for hosting the cash-rich T20 league.
New Zealand Cricket rubbished IPL 2020 hosting claims by BCCI
The board unclouded that neither they have offered to codify the Indian T20 league nor have the motive to do so.
“The report is simply speculation. We have not offered to host the IPL nor have we had an approach to do so,” New Zealand Cricket spokesperson Richard Boock told Radio New Zealand.
Earlier, an official of the Indian Board claimed that correlating the tournament in India will be the first choice but if amidst the rising COVID-19 cases, they will have to move it outside India, they have Sri Lanka and UAE in conjunction with the offers from New Zealand.
However, the official also made it crystal clear that the safety of the players will be prioritized over organizing the league.
“Staging the event in India has to be the first choice but in case it is not safe to have it, then we will look at the overseas options. After UAE and Sri Lanka, New Zealand has also offered to host the IPL. We will sit down with all stakeholders (broadcaster, teams, etc) and take a call. The safety of the players is paramount. There will be no compromise on that,” the official was quoted as saying.