New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Will IPL 2020 happen amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic? Every cricket fan across the country has been asking this question and the buzz over IPL 2020 is getting louder and louder. However, the wait for IPL 2020 is set to over and the 13th edition of the cash-rich league will reportedly be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to a report by Outlook, the 13th edition of the Indian Premium League (IPL) will be played in the UAE and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking at a September-November window.

The report claims that the IPL will be held in front of empty stadiums in the UAE and the teams will arrive a month before the beginning of the tournament. “That's not a problem. IPL is more made for TV and the gate receipts will not be as much even if the crowds come in,” Outlook quoted a team owner as saying.

The Outlook report also claimed that the T-20 World Cup, which was supposed to be held in Australia later this year, is going to be cancelled in wake of the ongoing coronavirus crisis and the cancellation is only “a matter of time”. However, an official confirmation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) is still awaited. 

Earlier a report by Australia's 'The Daily Telegraph', had also claimed that T20 World Cup will be cancelled and the ICC will make a formal announcement on this soon. "Cricket's World Cup is set to be officially postponed this week as Australia's players are told to start preparing for comeback battle against England," The Daily Telegraph had reported earlier.

Talking about the IPL, the UAE seems to be the best place to host the 13th edition of the cash-rich league. Some matches of the IPL in 2014 were also held in UAE because of the Lok Sabha Elections.

The BCCI, meanwhile, has said that it will first consider India as a venue for the IPL, adding that it is considering a curtailed season of it on popular demand from fans, cricketers and franchises.

"We've to consider India first and then think of overseas. They have sent these proposals in case we want to organise it there. We will discuss it in the next IPL governing council meeting where we will take a call," Reuters quoted BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal as saying.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma