New Zealand recently offered BCCI to host IPL in their country seeing the spike in Coronavirus cases in India.
IPL is currently the talk of the town. No matter which country, which region, which area the popularity of IPL transcends crossing all the borders. After the news broke out that ICC T20 World Cup which was scheduled to take place this year on the month of October- November is most likely to get postponed to next year, other Boards have started approaching BCCI to take the Billion dollar tournament in their country.
After Sri Lanka and UAE, New Zealand has offered BCCI to take the tournament in their country, says a BCCI official according to PTI. He said, “Staging the event in India has to be the first choice but in case it is not safe to have it, then we will look at the overseas options. After UAE and Sri Lanka, New Zealand has also offered to host the IPL,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
If inner sources are to be believed, BCCI is aiming the window of October-November to organise the IPL. This will be a mammoth task for the BCCI seeing the spike in number of Coronavirus cases in India. Following all SOP’s issued by the government and ensuring players security is not an easy job. A lot of money is involved in IPL, however the Board has always clarified, “No tournament is bigger than peoples life”.
Seeing the importance and the money involved BCCI might aim for organising IPL overseas. This will not be the first time when IPL will be hosted in any foreign country. The 2009 edition of IPL took place in South Africa, General Election of India coincided with IPL schedule.
New Zealand was the first country which was declared ‘Coronavirus Free Country’. However 21 new cases have been recorded in past few days.