In a bid to help the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), Sri Lanka Cricket has given BCCI a proposal to host the cash-rich Indian Premier League. Speaking to Lankadeepa Newspaper, SLC President Shammi Silva said that India is likely to look into Sri Lanka’s proposal if the coronavirus situation subsides in the neighbouring country. Also Read - Delhi Records 3,686 New Covid-19 Cases, 47 Deaths; Tally Reaches 3.4 lakh
“If IPL is called off, Indian Cricket board and IPL stakeholders will have to bear a loss of more than USD 500 Million. So, it will be beneficial for them to conduct the league in another country as they did in 2009 in South Africa,” said Silva. Also Read - IPL 2020 Playoffs Qualification Scenario: How Can CSK, RR, KXIP, SRH Still Finish Top Four
Silva also confirmed that Sri Lanka has all the facilities and is waiting for a go-ahead from BCCI. Also Read - IPL 2020 Updates Points Table After KKR vs RCB, Match 39 in Abu Dhabi: Bangalore Move to No 2; KL Rahul, Kagiso Rabada Retain Orange, Purple Cap Respectively
“If we get the go-ahead from them to this proposal, we are ready to provide all the facilities necessary under the supervision of Sri Lankan health authorities,” he added.
However, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah in a media release suspended IPL till further notice amid coronavirus pandemic.
“The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and as such, the BCCI along with the Franchise Owners, Broadcaster, Sponsors and all the Stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so,” a BCCI release stated.
With most of the countries sealing their international borders to stop the spread of the virus, there is enough uncertainty over the T20 World Cup that is scheduled to take place later this year in Australia.
India has been also suffering from the pandemic as more than 11,000 individuals have tested coronavirus positive and 414 deaths have occurred so far due to the pandemic.