BCCI president Sourav Ganguly admitted on Sunday that the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cannot resume in India. While there were reports earlier that stated that the tournament can resume in the country in September, the 48-year-old cleared the air by confirming that organizing the tournament in India would not be feasible, considering the present situation.
No decision taken yet on IPL 2021 resumption
IPL 2021 was suspended a few days back after the completion of only 29 matches due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the bio-bubble. With 31 matches remaining and such a tight schedule ahead in the international circuit, the fans have been wondering about how BCCI can resume the tournament.
Reflecting on the same, Sourav Ganguly said, “India are supposed to go to Sri Lanka for 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is (in July). There are lots of organizational hazards like 14-day quarantine. It can’t happen in India. This quarantine is tough to handle. Too early to say how we can find a slot to complete the IPL,” as quoted by Sportstar.
What are the possible venues for IPL resumption?
With India more or less ruled out as the venue for conducting the remainder of the IPL 2021 season, BCCI will be looking for a few other options if they find a window. While the tournament can shift to UAE once again where it was organized successfully in 2020, even Sri Lanka cricket had offered to host IPL in September. However, according to the latest reports, there is a possibility that BCCI President Ganguly and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, who will be travelling to England for India’s WTC final, could initiate talks with ECB for hosting the remainder of the season.