A major stakeholder has suggested the BCCI the idea of ‘One city one tournament’ to conduct the new edition of the Indian Premier League only in Mumbai.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been exploring all possible options to conduct the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) later this year. The 13th edition of the cash-rich league was all set to start from March 29 this year but the tournament was postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The league was postponed indefinitely after the government extended the lockdown in the country. The fate of IPL 2020 hangs in a balance as India continues to witness a spike in the number of positive cases on a daily basis. So far more than 5,80,000 cases have been reported in India as the country continues to battle against the pandemic.
While BCCI has not given up on the idea of hosting the IPL this year, the board has made it clear it will do so only if the situation improves in the future. A major stakeholder has suggested the BCCI the idea of hosting the entire IPL in Mumbai this year as the city is equipped with three stadiums and al other facilities required to stage the tournament smoothly.
“It’s at a very preliminary stage but if IPL happens in India and by October, situation is under control in Mumbai, there are four top-class floodlit grounds available in Mumbai. The logistics for BCCI, broadcasters (Star Sports), maintaining a bio-bubble, everything could be managed smoothly,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI.
Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium are the three stadiums in Mumbai where the tournament can take place if the situation is under control by October. The BCCI is reportedly aiming the October-November window for the tournament and waiting on final confirmation from the ICC over the fate of the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in October this year.
However, Mumbai remains one of the worst-affected cities due to COVID-19 in India which presents a grim picture for the BCCI. Mumbai has so far recorded over 77,000 cases with over 4,500 deaths. However, the official stated that it will be easier for the board to create a bio-secure bubble in the city.
“Obviously, everything depends on COVID situation in Mumbai. But if there are no spectators allowed and a bio-bubble is created, then Mumbai won’t be a bad option,” the official said.
Earlier, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had confirmed that the board might suffer losses in tunes of Rs 4,000 crore if IPL 2020 does not take place this year.