Sourav Ganguly dashed all hopes of leading an IPL in the country, saying India will fly to Sri Lanka after the WTC final.
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed indefinitely following the increase in positive cases of coronavirus among players and support staff. Since the Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI) suspended the T20 championship, discussions about a potential window to host the remaining matches have been taking place on social media.
It was speculated that the Indian Council could reflect on the guidelines for the tournament in July. India team is scheduled to play in the World Testing Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in England from June 18-22. After that, they will see the horns against England in a five-game test series starting August 4.
Thus, many were of the opinion that BCCI can host the league in July. However, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly dashed all those hopes by saying that after the WTC India will fly to Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI series followed by five T20Is. Ganguly also pointed out that the 2021 IPL cannot take place in India because the quarantine is quite difficult to manage.
“India is supposed to go to Sri Lanka for three ODIs and five T20Is. There are many organizational risks like the 14 day quarantine. It cannot happen in India. This quarantine is difficult to manage. It is too early to say how we can find a location to complete the IPL, ”he said.
You can say that now, in hindsight, the IPL should have been canceled earlier: Sourav Ganguly
In addition, the former Indian captain spoke out on the reasons that led to the postponement of the extravagance of the T20. Ganguly claimed that people will say a lot about whether or not the tournament should have been held or what went wrong. The 48-year-old felt the 2021 IPL would have been over, but the problems started when players started testing positive.
“You can say that now, looking back, the IPL should have been canceled earlier. Mumbai and Chennai (organic bubbles) had no cases. It was not until the IPL reached Delhi and Ahmedabad that cases increased. People will say a lot of things anyway.
“… We would have continued if it hadn’t been for the case. We would have completed the IPL. The players were in the bubble and there were no crowds at the venues. The players were not infected. Once the players were affected, we canceled it. Look at the leagues that go around the world. They had cases of Covid, but they continued, ”concluded Sourav Ganguly.
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