The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one the most prominent sporting league on the face of this planet. Originated in 2008, it has become a global phenomenon. Many foreign players come to India and participate in this tournament.
There is a huge amount of funding and investment required for putting up such an event. Franchises, distributors, brandings, and corporate efforts; such procedural things are in the picture of organizing this league. Without such major key elements, such a magnanimous league is impossible to host.
With the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, things are also grim for the IPL 2020. BCCI is constantly making efforts to decide about how the 2020 season will take place. Many foreign countries have offered their services to host the league in their respective countries.
New Zealand offers to host the IPL
New Zealand is the latest country after UAE and Sri Lanka which has offered to host the IPL in case the billion-dollar league can’t be held in India due to rising cases of coronavirus.
The postponement announcement of the T20 World Cup, to be held in October-November in Australia, is imminent, creating a window for the IPL.
The BCCI has already zeroed in on the end September-early November window for the IPL.
The board’s first choice is staging the tournament at home but that is looking increasingly unlikely with India having the third-largest caseload of coronavirus cases behind Brazil and the USA.
“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,” a senior BCCI official states.
“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.”