Now there is no clarity, it is premature to comment in the window from October to November for IPL: BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal
NEW DELHI: The BCCI You are currently not in a position to take a call about the future of IPL and it would be too premature to comment on whether the tournament can be placed in place of the ICC T20 World Cup in October-November, treasurer Arun Dhumal he said Monday.
The IPL has been postponed till April 15 in the wake of COVID-19 Pandemic and with the country slated for another two-week extension of the blockade, it is only natural that the cash rich league may not be held during its dedicated window from April to May.
At this time, the image is very confusing. We don't even know when the shutdown will end, and if we don't, how can we have a meaningful discussion? Once the government clarifies us, we can sit down and take stock of the situation. Any speculation about its future will be premature, Dhumal said.
Everyone wants IPL to happen but let's have some clarity first.
The BCCI treasurer clarified that there was no scheduled conference call between the office bearers on Monday.
We office-bearers are in constant touch. It's not just IPL but there is huge amount of pending administrative work, legal issues that needs to be studied. But there was no conference call scheduled today as there is nothing to discuss till current situation persists , Dhumal said.
He also provided some practical insight into rescheduling of IPL as speculations are rife about the October-November window.
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Tell me something. Firstly, if Australia is blocked for six months, how can we conclude that they will allow their players to travel immediately next month? What if the travel restrictions for your citizens are still in effect? How? So they come to India? And don't forget that other boards must also agree, Dhumal said.
Secondly, even if the running of the bulls ends in India, what if some of the major cities still have those COVIDOS 'hot spots'? Can we risk the lives of our athletes? Third, players are likely to go months without training.
Even if we are in a position to hold a tournament, for international players, we must give them a minimum time to do a full training before we can start a tournament. All of these factors can only be clear when we are in a position to discuss, Dhumal said.