Sourav Ganguly has his hopes high for IPL 2020 before the end of the year. (Photo: bcci.tv)

Hosting the IPL in India remains BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s “priority” and he is hoping that the cricket world will not have to endure 2020 sans the glitzy event, despite his concerns around the rising COVID-19 cases.

While the former India captain said cricket needs to return to normalcy, any decision on the IPL can be taken only after the ICC decides on the fate of the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be played in Australia in October-November.

Statement Of Sourav Ganguly

“We don’t want the year 2020 to finish without an IPL. Our priority is India and even if we get 35 to 40 days, we will host it. But we don’t know where…,” Ganguly states.

“I will put it in this order. Firstly, whether we can (have an IPL) within the time frame as IPL has a limited window.

“Secondly India. If it’s not possible then we are thinking of going out (abroad). But going out where…because if you go out it becomes expensive for everyone — franchises and board.

“Because of the conversion rate and currency exchange rate, it becomes expensive. So we are monitoring but as I said we are very keen to host it and got our fingers crossed.”

“We don’t know yet as we don’t have a decision from ICC regarding the T20 World Cup. We keep hearing different things from the media but unless it is officially told to Board members, you don’t know what’s happening,” he states.

Ganguly is aware of the grim situation in Indian cities with IPL franchises.

“If it doesn’t happen in India because of COVID then places like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai, these have big teams in IPL but at this point, you can’t put a hand to your heart and say cricket will happen in these places.

“Ahmedabad we were keen to go there. It’s an amazing stadium. I don’t know whether we can go there or not. It’s not easy at the moment to say we are going to host it in India.” 

Only time will tell how things move forward, given this situation of the global pandemic.