Guwahati – A senior cricket board official said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) could be played behind closed doors as last resort, if that is the only way to save this year’s Twenty20 tournament from falling victim to the coronavirus epidemic. The tournament had been scheduled to begin in late March but was indefinitely postponed following the outbreak.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly assured members this week that they were exploring “all possible options” and The Indian cricket board (BCCI) stands to lose $525 million in revenue if it cannot stage the 2020 edition of the franchise-based league.
India on Friday reported a total of 297,535 coronavirus infections, surpassing the United Kingdom to become the fourth worst affected country in the world.
The pandemic also jeopardizes this year’s Twenty20 World Cup with hosts Cricket Australia conceding the tournament’s October-November schedule was under “very high risk”.
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