The Indian Premier League is postponed indefinitely as the Covid-19 pandemic made it impossible to host the tournament in India at this point in time. Players are returning home as Indian cricket fans prepare for a long pause before the international tours begin again.
As the events unfold, the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) is left picking up the pieces. Its president Sourav Ganguly has implied that the failure to complete the IPL 2021 may lead to a potential loss of Rs. 2,500 crore.
Consequently, there are speculations that the tournament could be hosted just before the T20 World Cup in October.
As things stand, India is set to host the World Cup but in light of the pandemic, the ICC is contemplating moving the location to the UAE.
This leaves BCCI to deal with a massive reshuffling and quite a bit of planning, especially if it wants to avoid the loss.
What’s the Ask?
31 matches including the playoffs and the final were left in the IPL before it was halted. These many games could be sorted in two to three weeks with many double-header fixtures between a handful of venues.
The challenges here are the following:
- Accommodating the league in an already packed calendar
- Ensuring the presence of international players in the squads
- Hosting venue and bio bubbles
We at Bet India explore both possibilities below.