New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: In a major development, which can create more confusion regarding the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, the decision-maker within the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) are divide 3:2 while discussing the venue for the thirteenth season of franchise.

However, the majority of decision-makers are in view of hosting the mega-cricket event inside the country, couple of voices among them are considering to shift the venues abroad if need arises.

A BCCI official, as quoted by news agency IANS, said that hosting the IPL in India will mean that the country has come out of the clutches of coronavirus, however, few of us feel that the league can be played outside if the situation demands.  

"See, it is a case of the decision makers being divided 3-2 if that is how you wish to understand the current scenario. Without going into the names of who said what, all I can tell you is that the general feeling is that having the league in India would not only be a sign of positivity among the people of the country, but will also help as we will not need to travel abroad and act to a fresh set of guidelines," the official said as quoted by IANS.

“But then, there are a couple of voices who also feel that having the tournament should be the priority and if that means taking it out of the country, so be it. So, while we are working on the overall plan, the venue is an area which will need further deliberation. Also, at the end of the day safety of the players and everyone involved is priority," he explained.

An official of a franchise echoed the sentiments and said that priority should always be having the tournament in the country.

"See, if you have the league in the country, it is a positive signal to not just the world, but also to the people in India that we have managed to get back to normalcy. Also, the expenses go up quite a bit if you go outside. So, for us and I think for most of the teams, India would be the preferred choice," the official told IANS.

Meanwhile, after the Cricket Australia, in a mail to ICC, stated that they are not in a position to host the World T20 in October-November, many players across the globe are looking forward to play the IPL 2020.  

Speaking to IANS, India and Chennai Super Kings pacer Deepak Chahar said that he was hoping to kickstart the cricketing season with the T20 league.

"We will need to slowly get back into the groove and I believe that IPL could be the perfect vehicle for us to return to cricketing action. It helps that we have a lot of games and that gets you into the rhythm. If you make a player play an ODI or Test immediately after the break, the body might break down due to the load. Like when you hit the gym, you don't do a 100kg bench press to start with.

"Similarly, playing the IPL will help not just the bowlers, but all cricketers as the level of competition you get here is top-class. But we do need a proper camp before the IPL starts so that we can get back into the groove after this phase away from the game," he pointed.



(With IANS Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan