IPL can be played in empty stadium, Ganguly gave hints

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IPL can be played in empty stadium, Ganguly gave hints

Bengaluru: With the International Cricket Council (ICC) adopting a wait and watch policy with regard to the T20 World Cup later in October-November, the BCCI has begun to take initial steps to hold IPL 2020 this year itself. The governing body has notified state associations to be prepared to start the preparations.

In all likelihood, the BCCI is bracing up to conduct the IPL 2020 behind closed doors. The president Sourav Ganguly has written to respective state associations that the BCCI would shortly decide on the course of action and cited the keenness several players expressed to be part of IPL 13 as a bright beacon in these tough times.

Ganguly said the BCCI was waiting for the outcome of the June 10 ICC meeting and since the global governing still undecided on the future of the T20 World Cup, they were ready to take the first steps towards the conduct of IPL 2020, at present postponed indefinitely because of the Covid 19 pandemic.

The former Indian captain also hinted that the BCCI is immersed in preparing a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for the resumption of cricket in the country. The protocol will also include domestic cricket, which is scheduled to begin in September. Ganguly indicated that they are waiting for the approval of SOP by the office bearers.

Ganguly also wrote to the state associations that the format of the domestic cricket could see some changes in the coming season. “The BCCI is in the process of planning the domestic competitions for the next cricket season. We are working on various formats and options in our endeavour 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,” Ganguly wrote to state associations.

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