The decision on the IPL has been taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). They will host the rest of the tournament in the UAE in September-October. But they are also hosting another tournament in October-November. It is going to be the T20 World Cup after five years. The fate of this tournament also hangs in the balance due to the coronavirus.
Despite agreeing to end the IPL abroad, India is still hesitant about the World Cup. The cricket board is still hoping that the World Cup will be held in India to fight the corona infection. The IPL could not be completed safely with the biological protection of the eight-team IPL players and staff. But in the case of the 16-team World Cup, he is hoping for the BCCI. Rajiv Shukla, vice-president of the board, is still dreaming of hosting the World Cup in India.
The second wave of corona is going across India. In mid-May, more than three lakh people were infected with corona every day. The number of deaths exceeded four thousand a day. The death of the patient due to lack of oxygen in the hospital, the collapse of the health system due to the pressure of the patient, the line at the crematorium all day and the scene of cremation caused panic. The IPL has been postponed since the beginning of May. Under the circumstances, no one saw any possibility of an IPL or World Cup in India this year.
The BCCI has quickly accepted that the IPL should be held at any other venue. But India, which has claimed the right to host the next World Cup from Australia, does not want to host the World Cup anywhere else. Meanwhile, though slow, the situation in India is showing signs of improving. As a result, people are becoming optimistic that with four months left in the World Cup, the situation will be under control.
Board President Rajiv Shukla sees that hope. Khaleej told the Times that they want to host the World Cup in India. At least one more month they will understand the situation, after which the final decision will be taken, ‘the matter is still under discussion. Our first choice is India. That’s why I’m asking the ICC for a little more time, like a month, to make a decision. If the situation in India does not improve in the first week of June or July, then the T20 World Cup will definitely be held in the United Arab Emirates. If the situation in India improves and if we can, then we will host the World Cup in India.