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While some restrictions have been eased with athletes allowed to train in stadiums without fans in non-containment zones, the situation is far from improved for cricket to resume in the country. BCCI might suffer losses in tunes of Rs 4,000 crore if the IPL doesn’t take place this year which makes conducting the tournament outside India a feasible option for the board. The initial IPL matches were played in UAE in 2014 due to general elections back in India.
“The T20 World Cup is an ICC event. It will generate revenue for the global body, and the ICC will do its level best to organise the tournament as per schedule,” the functionary was quoted as saying.
India’s home ODI series against South Africa was among the first cricket series to be called off. In the days since, New Zealand’s tour of Australia, England’s tour of Sri Lanka and the final leg of Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan were all postponed as well.
Mumbai have won the title a record four times, the last of which came in IPL 2019, when they defeated Chennai by one run in a low-scoring thriller in the final. The MS Dhoni-led Chennai are trailing close on Mumbai’s heels with three triumphs, while Kolkata Knight Riders have won the tournament twice.
Even though the three-time champions are reportedly against the idea, they boast of a squad with the most T20I appearances among India players. The likes of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh might be past their prime but they are IPL behemoths. The batting lineup will still heavily depend on MS Dhoni, but with a superb bowling attack, don’t be surprised if CSK go far (as they usually do) in this hypothetical event.
Live sports have resumed in countries like Germany where the Bundesliga re-start has proven to be successful so far. The English Premier League and La Liga seasons are also set to resume later this month. Talking about cricket, England is all set to host West Indies in a three-match Test series in July, which will officially mark the return of international cricket after the COVID-19 break.
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