BCCI is working on all options to commence IPL 2020 including matches Behind Closed Doors!

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The BCCI is all set to host IPL 2020 behind closed doors & is working on all possible options to conduct IPL this year, the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has stated in his letter to all the affiliated members of the body.

The BCCI is ready to host the IPL 2020 behind closed doors & is working on all possible options to conduct IPL this year, the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has stated in his letter to all the affiliated members of the body. The letter states, “The BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums”. The IPL was originally scheduled to commence from March 29 but was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is being speculated that the IPL 2020 might be played in the October-November window if the ICC decides to postpone the T20 World Cup.

In his letter, Ganguly has also stated that cricket activities all over the country have come to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic & added that the cricket training & competitive cricket might resume in the next two months.

“The BCCI is in the process of developing a COVID-19 Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) for all State Cricket Associations. Essentially this SOP is being made with a view of providing our Members with a standard set of guidelines which will help the associations to resume cricket in their respective areas,” Ganguly wrote in his letter to all affiliated members.

Discussing the domestic cricket, Ganguly has said, “Moving ahead, the BCCI is in the process of planning the domestic competitions for the next cricketing season. We are working on various formats and options in our endeavor to ensure that various domestic tournaments are held, they stay competitive and participation is feasible. The BCCI will come up with more details on this front over the next couple of weeks”.

The BCCI President has also said that during this lockdown period the BCCI has tried to release the dues of everyone involved with the board. “The BCCI has made all efforts to release due and payable funds/grants to its various members. Associations that have made proper submissions of their accounts and fund utilization certificate have already received their grants. The BCCI will endeavor to release due and payable funds/grants for the remaining associations as well, once all documentation formalities are completed from their end”.

The Men in Blue were last seen in action against New Zealand earlier this year. The team won the T20I series but ended up losing the ODI & test Series.