In what comes as a serious development within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the decision-makers are divided 3-2 when it involves the venue for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). 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.
Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that while the overall thought is that having the league in India will mean that the country has begun of the clutches of the coronavirus pandemic, there are a couple of who feel that if things demands, the league are often taken to places outside India. Without going into the names of who said what, all I can tell you is that the overall feeling is that having the league in India wouldn't only be a symbol of positivity amongst the people of the country but also will help as we'll not get to travel abroad and act to a fresh set of guidelines. "But then, there are a few of voices who also feel that having the tournament should be the priority and if meaning taking it out of the country, so absolutely why not. So, while we are working on the overall plan, the venue is an area that will need further deliberation.
Also, at the end of the day safety of the players and everyone involved is the priority," the official explained. India and Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Kuldeep Yadav had also said that he was really looking forward to playing within the IPL. "Of course I am very excited. I have heard that the IPL may happen this year because the T20 World Cup may get pushed. I am ready and really excited for IPL because i will be able to get to play after an extended break. IPL may be a tough tournament and if it happens this year i will be able to give my best. IPL also will give us confidence for the forthcoming Australia series. So yes i'm all excited and that i am looking forward thereto ," he had said.