While the matter is heavily tilted in favour of hosting the league in the country, there are a couple of voices that want to take it outside if needed. It is to be noted that IPL 2020, which was initially scheduled to begin on March 29, has been indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that having the league in India will mean that the country has come out of the clutches of the coronavirus. However, he added that there are a few who feel that IPL can be taken to a place outside India if the situation demands.
“See, it is a case of the decision makers being divided 3-2 if that is how you wish to understand the current scenario. Without going into the names of who said what, all I can tell you is that the general feeling is that having the league in India would not only be a sign of positivity but also will be of help for us as we will not need to travel abroad and act to a fresh set of guidelines.
“But then, there are a couple of voices who also feel that having the tournament should be the priority. If that means taking it out of the country, so be it. While we are working on the overall plan, the venue is an area which will need further deliberation. Also, at the end of the day, safety of the players and everyone involved is priority,” the official explained.
An official of a franchise echoed the sentiments and said that priority should always be having the competition in the country. “See, if you have the league here, it is a positive signal to not just the world but also to the people in India that we have managed to get back to normalcy. Also, the expenses go up quite a bit if you go outside. So, for us and I think for most of the teams, India would be the preferred choice,” the official told IANS.