An official of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) disclosed that New Zealand also have proposed to host the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The cash-rich Indian T20 league was all set to go ahead by 29th March but the global health crisis did not work in the favor of organizing the league. The officials moved it to another window of April-March but with an extension in the lockdown in India has postponed IPL until further notice and is quarterly dependent upon the schedule of the T20 World Cup 2020.
IPL 2020, which has been brought to a standstill, could cause more than the loss of USD 500 million. Sri Lanka Cricket Board had sent a proposal to BCCI to host IPL 2020 at the island country.
Being a neighboring country, SLC had shown a humble behave in the pandemic condition towards India and has asked them if they want to hold IPL in another country to save themselves from a massive loss.
Also, United Arab Emirates (UAE) had proposed India to host their cash-rich T20 league, IPL at their venues earlier, and they confirmed hosting IPL at their venues as they have confirmed making an offer to BCCI.
An official of BCCI revealed that either of the two venues can be taken under consideration for holding IPL. However, it is yet to be decided which country will be having the hosting rights.
New Zealand offers to host IPL 2020
“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. UAE, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand have also offered to host the IPL,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying in India Today on conditions of anonymity.
The official, in his statements, revealed that the safety of the player will be prioritized over everything.
“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 added.