BCCI keen on staging IPL 2020 in India, schedule yet to be discussed officially: Sourav Ganguly

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jun 02, 2020, 01.35 PM(IST)

FILE PHOTO: Former Indian cricketer and current BCCI (Board Of Control for Cricket in India) president Sourav Ganguly reacts during a press conference at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai Photograph:( Reuters )

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BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said with the future still being uncertain, the stakeholders are looking at all options while adding they are still unsure when cricket could resume. 

With the world of sports kicking back to life, cricket is also gearing up for resumption following a prolonged break due to COVID-19 pandemic. While a major tournament in Indian Premier League (IPL) standing indefinitely suspended, fans are eagerly waiting for an official confirmation surrounding the fate of the cash-rich tournament. 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and former India captain, Sourav Ganguly has said with the future still being uncertain, the stakeholders are looking at all options while adding they are still unsure when cricket could resume. 

“We can’t say what will happen in the days to come. It is tough to predict. We are looking at all options. We are still not sure when cricket could resume,” Ganguly told Sportskeeda.

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The BCCI has received offers from countries like the UAE and Sri Lanka to host the money-spinning tournament there but Ganguly insisted that the Indian board is keen on staging the tournament in India given the situation is under control. The former India captain further said that they are yet to officially discuss the IPL schedule while repeating everything depends on the safety of the environment as saving human lives is more important.

“If at all, IPL does happen, we don’t know where it could happen. India would certainly like to host the event, provided the environment is safe. Right now, we are not in a position to say anything. It is too early. We are yet to officially discuss the IPL schedule. But it depends on the safety of the environment. Saving human life and breaking the coronavirus chain are more important for all of us,” Ganguly said.

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If the IPL is cancelled this year, BCCI will suffer a huge financial loss to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore.