Cricket lovers take hope. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which controls the sport here, said this week that it would prepare to organize the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament in the September-November period.
The IPL is the world’s most popular club T20 event. It is usually held in April and May but had to be postponed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although there has been talk of the rescheduled IPL already, the BCCI was waiting to hear from the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the postponement of the World T20 tournament (that is scheduled to start in October) before finalizing IPL dates. But with the ICC undecided, it appears that the BCCI has decided to go ahead and plan the IPL.
It also seems that the BCCI is looking at holding the IPL outside India, given that the pandemic is still raging here. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sri Lanka and New Zealand have all offered to host the IPL. Wherever it happens, the event is sure to be held inside a ‘bio bubble’. That means all teams will be quarantined (isolated), they will play in empty stadiums and the games will be played for television audiences. Welcome to the new world of cricket!