Indian Premier League 2020 would have seen a new champion or one of the usual suspects would have walked away with the title had the T20 tournament been held as scheduled. IPL missed its April-May window after being postponed until further notice due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
IPL 2020, it seemed, could join the likes of Wimbledon in the list of major events that have fallen prey to the virus.
However, there is a ray of hope for IPL 2020, especially after the latest developments surrounding the T20 World Cup. The 16-team event, scheduled to be held for the first time since 2016 from October 18 to November 15 in Australia, seems unlikely to go ahead as scheduled due to the pandemic.
Even as the Australian government has eased restrictions on public gatherings in its final stage of easing the Covid-19 restrictions, the top brass of Cricket Australia has expressed concerns over hosting the T20 World Cup, given the travel restrictions and the pandemic situation across the globe.
After former Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said T20 World Cup fate was under ‘very high risk’, chairman Earl Emmings has signalled the cricket body’s intentions, saying the chances of hosting the World Cup as scheduled is ‘unrealistic’.
Nonetheless, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has deferred the final call on T20 World Cup to July in a bid to make the right decision in the ‘only chance’ it has to do so.
What does a T20 World Cup postponement mean to IPL 2020?
Well, the chances of hosting IPL 2020 later this year will brighten if the T20 World Cup is delayed.
IPL 2020: What’s the BCCI top brass saying
BCCI top brass hopeful of hosting IPL in 2020 (Courtesy by BCCI)
Even as India is grappling with the virus crisis, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) top brass is hopeful of hosting the IPL in the September-October window, provided the ICC decides to push the T20 World Cup to a later date.
BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly wrote a letter to the stakeholders and state associations, promising them that the apex body of Indian cricket is exploring all options to host the IPL later this year.
IPL governing council chairman, Brijesh Patel, speaking to this website, had said the BCCI is certainly looking to host the IPL in September-October. Patel also said India will be the first-choice host nation to host the IPL.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal, meanwhile, is not impressed with ICC’s handling of the T20 World Cup situation. While the ICC was…