Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to keep the Indian Premier League (IPL) behind closed doors and is working on all possible options on the tournament stage this year, board president Sourav Ganguly told everyone in his letter It is said that they are related members of the body.
The letter stated: “BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we can stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing tournaments in empty stadiums”.
In his letter, Ganguly has also stated that cricket activities across the country have come to a standstill due to coronavirus, adding that training and competitive cricket could resume in the next two months.
“The BCCI is in the process of developing a COVID-19 Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) for all Indian 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 in his letter to all affiliated members.
The IPL was scheduled to begin on March 29 but was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus epidemic. It is being speculated that the tournament could be played in the October-November window if the ICC decided to postpone the T20 World Cup.
Talking about domestic cricket, Ganguly said: “Going forward, the BCCI is in the process of planning domestic competitions for the next cricket season. We are working on various formats and options in our endeavor to ensure that various domestic tournaments are held, they stay competitive and participation is feasible. They remain competitive and participation is possible. BCCI will come up with more details on this front in the next two weeks.
The BCCI president has also stated that during this lockdown period, the board has tried to release the dues of all those involved with the board.
“BCCI has made all efforts to release funds/grants due and payable to its various members. Associations that have made the proper presentation of their accounts and fund utilization certificates have already received grants. The BCCI will endeavor to release the funds/grants due and payable to the remaining unions, once all the documented formalities are completed by their end.”