Sri Lanka is being seen as more cost effective compared to the UAE by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for hosting this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), Cricket Age reliably learns.
BCCI is looking to host IPL 2020 in the September-October window if the T20 World Cup is postponed to a later date.
“Sri Lanka is being seen as more cost effective compared to the UAE and as Sunil Gavaskar said that it’s the ideal country to have a September IPL” a top BCCI official told Cricket Age.
According to him the BCCI is exploring options and will decide on a venue that can assure health and safety of the players and the stakeholders.
“A quick decision by the ICC will ensure that BCCI’s (IPL) operations team can start preparing the likely hosts which will certainly include Sri Lanka where there are three grounds — Premadasa, Pallekele and Hambantota. Also, before deciding about the host country, we will have to consider hotel facilities and infrastructure as well” the top BCCI official added.
Originally, the IPL 2020 was intended to launch on March 29 with a match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, BCCI had to postpone the event due to the coronavirus-induced India lockdown. Even now, be it in India or overseas, the IPL 2020 is highly likely to be played behind closed doors due to the contagious nature of the disease.