The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is headed to foreign waters with UAE and Sri Lanka in the race to host this edition of the biggest commercial league. The final announcement is expected soon as the BCCI is still awaiting an official decision on the fate of the T20 World Cup which was to be held in Australia in October.
Reportedly, the idea was to conduct the league in India, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the spiralling number of cases, the board might be forced to ultimately take the tournament to either UAE or Sri Lanka.
“We are yet to decide on the venue but in all probability, it is going outside this year. The condition in India doesn’t look suitable to have so many teams come in at one or two venues and then create an atmosphere which will be safe for the players as well as the general public even though the games may be played behind closed doors.
“The race is between UAE and Sri Lanka and we will need to decide on where we host IPL depending on the situation there with regards to the coronavirus pandemic. Logistics also need to be looked into, so we will decide soon,” the officials have said.
IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel has also been vocal that location shouldn’t be a concern if the league is being played behind closed doors.
Emirates Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket board have informed BCCI that they are prepared to host the tournament but first preference will still be given to India if the tournament can be hosted in accordance to the government’s rules & regulations.