Sri Lanka offers to host IPL 2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis – News | Instant News

Sri Lanka has offered to host the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which has now been suspended indefinitely by BCCI due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The IPL 2020 edition is scheduled to start from March 29, but with the coronavirus outbreak was first postponed until April 15 and now with the extension of the national lock in India until May 3, it has been suspended indefinitely.

Apparently, the Sri Lankan cricket council had written a letter to their Indian colleagues where they had offered to host the IPL.

“It seems that BCCI and its stakeholders will cost more than $ 500 million to cancel the IPL,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Shammi Silva, president of SLC, to the Sinhala daily Lankadeepa.

“So maybe they can minimize those losses by hosting tournaments in other countries.

“If they play it in Sri Lanka, it is easy for Indian viewers to watch the match on TV. There is a precedent for this because they have played IPL in South Africa before. We are waiting for the Indian council to respond to our proposal,” he added.

On two occasions in the past, the IPL has been moved from India. The 2009 edition of the IPL has been moved to South Africa due to Indian elections.

In 2014, the UAE held the first two weeks of the IPL also due to public opinion polls in India.

“If the Indian council agrees to play the tournament here, we are ready to provide facilities in accordance with the requirements and recommendations of medical professionals. That will be a substantial source of income for Sri Lankan cricket too,” Silva said.

Sri Lanka has registered fewer coronavirus cases so far compared to India.

To date, the country has more than 230 cases of Covid-19 while seven lives have been lost in the island nation.

However, lockouts imposed in Sri Lanka are even worse than in most parts of India, with a curfew imposed for almost four weeks.

The Sri Lankan government remains optimistic about eliminating the virus from the country and if its objectives are achieved, then Sri Lanka can be a viable option for the IPL.

However, even then, government permission will be needed to host such a large tournament.

In India, the condition is worse because more than 13,000 confirmed cases have been reported so far with more than 400 people lost their lives due to the corona virus.

BCCI also sees two options for having an IPL this year. They are looking to organize events in September and early October before the T20 World Cup in Australia or host at the expense of the T20 World Cup if the ICC, Australian Cricket and other stakeholders all agree.

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