In a letter to all affiliated members of the BCCI, the president of the board, Sourav Ganguly has stated that BCCI is looking at all options for making the IPL 2020 possible. BCCI is ready to host the tournament closed door. It is planning on the various measures that can be taken to make the event successful.
“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”, reads the letter. Ganguly has also stated how cricket has come to a standstill due to the ongoing pandemic. He has also said that it is expected that the training and activities would resume within 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.
Talking about the domestic format of 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 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”.
The BCCI president has also said that during this lockdown period, the board 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 which have made proper submissions of their accounts and fund utilisation certificate have already received their grants. The BCCI will endeavour to release due and payable funds/grants for the remaining associations as well, once all documentation formalities are completed from their end,” Sourav Ganguly wrote.
The IPL 2020 was supposed to be hosted from March 29 but due to the current crisis of corona, it has been indefinitely postponed. It is speculated to be held in October-November if the T20 World Cup is postponed.