BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has said that he remains hopeful of a full-fledged IPL campaign, including the involvement of foreign players, post the monsoon-season in India.
It is important to note that the post monsoon-window that Johri speaks about coincides with the original schedule of the T20 World Cup.
This development adds further to the possibility of the T20 World Cup being postponed, a story that Cricketnews.com was one of the first to write earlier this week.
Rahul Johri mentioned that player safety will be paramount and that the BCCI will follow the directives of the Indian government to begin their efforts of having the IPL.
“We are going to be guided by the Government of India in its entirety, whatever are the government guidelines is what we’ll follow…Cricketing activity in earnest can start practically only after the monsoon season,” Johri mentioned in a webinar, on Wednesday.
“There is speculation that the IPL might be conducted in October-November if the T20 World Cup in Australia is postponed. “…hopefully things will improve and give us more variables which we can control and accordingly take the decision.” he added.
Johri hinted of not being in favor of a tournament without foreign players but was also swift to mention the need to work in a ‘step-by-step’ process.
“The flavour of the IPL is that the best players around the world come and play, and everyone is committed to maintaining that flavour. Of course, it is going to be a step-by-step process, so you cannot expect normalisation tomorrow,” he said.
“We need to factor what the government advisories will be. Right now there are no flights. At some point flights will open and everybody needs to quarantine themselves before playing.”
“How will that impact the schedules because as it is the schedules are extremely tight,” he explained.
A major component of the organization of the IPL is the scheduling and a 14-day-quarantine which is being advised could be a factor that adds another challenge to the organizing of the IPL this year.
“So there are a lot of moving parts. Having said that we stay optimistic. Hopefully the situation post the monsoon will improve and we approach it that point of time,” Johri said.
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