January 18, 2022

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We can't think of IPL right now : Arun Dhumal BCCI Treasurer

Giving an update on the future of IPL, BCCI’s treasurer Arun Dhumal clarified that the board isn’t thinking about the rescheduling options of the 13th season of the Indian Premier League.India is currently observing coronavirus enforced lockdown phase -3 and it is going to end on May 17 but none of the sporting bodies has announced to host any sporting event.

BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said BCCI would think about cricket only after the pandemic ends.

“We haven’t planned anything as of now. We can’t think of IPL getting back yet,” Arun Dhumal, BCCI treasurer was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
He also said things will depend on whether the overseas players agree to travel India amid pandemic situations and be quarantined for two weeks and play IPL is not known.

He explained that as of now nothing is clear, but once things get clear, the board can think about re-starting cricket.

Indian Premier League 2020 was supposed to start from March 29, but was pushed back to April 15 owing to rising coronavirus concerns across the country.After the announcement of lockdown Phase-2 from April 15, BCCI later postponed IPL for an indefinite period.

However, Arun Dhumal also said that the possibility of ICC T20 World Cup scheduled in October-November is ‘difficult’ as players have been out of cricket for a long time.

The IPL 2020 cancellation would cost BCCI Rs. 3869.5 crore, which includes broadcast, streaming revenue, central and title sponsorship.