CSK reject playing IPL 2020 with only Indian players, says it will be similar to Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

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New Delhi, India Published: May 12, 2020, 08.33 PM(IST)

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Chennai Super Kings have rejected the idea of playing the tournament with only Indian players while differing with Rajasthan Royals, who are fine with the option given the current scenario surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Three-time Indian Premier League (IPL) winners Chennai Super Kings have rejected the idea of playing the tournament with only Indian players while differing with Rajasthan Royals, who are fine with the option given the current scenario surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. CSK have compared the IPL with only Indian players with domestic T20 competition Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

IPL 2020, which stands postponed indefinitely, can be played in the September-October window if the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to be hosted by Australia, doesn’t take place.

"CSK is not keen to do an IPL with only Indian players. That way it would be playing another Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (domestic T20 competition). The franchise has not been in touch with the BCCI of late as the situation is worsening," a CSK source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

"Let's hope we can have the IPL later this year," he added.

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Meanwhile, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has said that the Indian cricket board will incur a loss around Rs 4,000 crore if the cash-rich tournament gets cancelled while adding that the board will be in huge financial trouble like Cricket Australia. 

"The board will take a revenue hit of Rs 4000 crore if it doesn't happen. The board will be in a big problem," BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told PTI earlier this week.

With COVID-19 positive cases continuing to rise in India, the BCCI and IPL franchises see no point in discussing the fate of the tournament. However, CSK is hopeful that the Indian board will take the best possible when the right time comes. 

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"There has been no discussion with the BCCI ever since it postponed the IPL. There is no point in discussing also as things are unlikely to be okay anytime soon," the CSK source said.

"We expect the BCCI to take the best possible decision when the time comes," he added.

There are alternate options of conducting the tournament overseas after UAE and Sri Lanka Cricket came up with separate proposals to host the tournament.

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