-- Abhimanyu Verma
Many sports events, including cricket, have been postponed due to the worldwide corona epidemic. These included cricket's most popular league i.e. the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was to be held from March 29 to April 15. But due to the ever-increasing outbreak of Coronavirus, there was a possibility of postponing the IPL to next year. However, Chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly did not give up hope for the IPL event. He was constantly trying to organize the IPL and finally, his efforts were successful. After the cancellation of the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in Australia due to Corona, it has been decided to organize the IPL between 19 September and 8 November. This time the BCCI has decided to organize IPL in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and not in India, which has also been approved by the UAE.
ICC T20 World Cup’s cancellation paves the way
After the IPL was postponed in March due to the Corona epidemic, the BCCI decided to bide their time and see how things turn out. Meanwhile, there were speculations that the BCCI may organize the IPL at the end of the year, but the ICC T20 World Cup was to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15 at the end of the year. Given this, the plan of BCCI did not seem possible. In such a situation, the BCCI had no other way than to wait. At the same time, Australia's cricket board was busy preparing for the ICC T20 World Cup. However, the ICC was unable to take any decision regarding the T20 World Cup.
The decision was taken by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on this issue because of the opinion and circumstances of all boards. The ICC postponed the T20 World Cup on 20 July after discussing various contingency plans for more than two months. While welcoming the ICC decision, Cricket Australia said that it accepted the ICC's decision to postpone the T20 World Cup to be held this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There was considerable risk in hosting 16 teams in the current environment. Thus, paving the way for the BCCI to organize the IPL.
Pakistan indignant over the decision
The ICC's cancellation of the first Asia Cup and then the T20 World Cup cleared the way for the IPL to take place. Due to this, the fans of IPL were very happy. At the same time, India’s evergreen opposer, Pakistan was quite vindictive in response to the way things turned out. It was natural for Pakistan to be indignant, as its players are not allowed to play in the IPL. After the cancellation of the T20 World Cup, Pakistan was in deep shock and its cricketers made fierce and harsh statements against ICC and BCCI. This was bound to happen, as the Pakistan Cricket Board would suffer a huge revenue loss due to the cancellation of the World Cup. While the IPL will be a source of income for cricketers from all over the world.
Pakistan’s players are really under a bad spell as they lost another source of income. Regarding the issue, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif and former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said that the BCCI did not want the T20 World Cup to be postponed, but the BCCI being a strong board put its words into the ICC’s mouth. At the same time, Pakistan also suffered a loss due to the cancellation of the Asia Cup. Pakistan had hosting rights for the 6-team continental tournament, but the PCB board decided to replace it with Sri Lanka, given the situation arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Total four international series may be affected
The entire cricket world was paralyzed due to the Coronavirus. However, after four months, international cricket returned from England and West Indies Test series and now after that, there was a piece of relief news for the cricket fans. Three team cricket matches were also played in South Africa. At the same time, as the cancellation of the T20 World Cup and the IPL date unfolds, now Indians and foreign players are eagerly waiting for it all over the world. The announce of IPL has increased the tension for many Cricket Boards, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa board.
If you look at the future tour program, the organization of IPL between September 19 and November 8 will affect about 4 International Series. 125 Indians and 61 foreign players will participate in the IPL and it is highly unlikely that any board would stop their players from playing in the IPL this year. Playing in the IPL brings fortune not just for the players but for their boards as well. In such a situation, it is considered certain to affect the bilateral series.
While New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will give a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to all six of its international players contracted to the Indian Premier League (IPL), but the board also said that players have to be cautious about health safety regulations themselves. The six New Zealand players who will play in the IPL include James Neesham of Kings XI Punjab, Lockie Ferguson of Kolkata Knight Riders, Mitchell McClenaghan and Trent Boult of Mumbai Indians, Kane Williamson of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mitchell Sentner of Chennai Super Kings.
Other countries also to benefit from IPL
When there was talk of IPL cancellation this year, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that if the IPL is cancelled, it will cause a loss of Rs 4 thousand crores to the board. BCCI earns as much from the IPL as it does from the year-long tournament of Team India. At the same time, cancellation of IPL not only harms the BCCI, but also the other countries who would have participated in it. More than 60 foreign players are playing in the IPL. These players have been bought for around Rs 250 crore. The BCCI shares some of the revenue from IPL with different cricket boards. According to the report by Inside Sports, in 2018, BCCI increased the revenue of shares with the International Cricket Board by 100%.
Due to this, the expenditure on BCCI was increased by about 25 crores. BCCI gives the highest amount of Rs 19.13 crore to Cricket Australia. Most of the foreign players in the IPL also play from Australia. 17 Australian players are playing this year. The Nepal Cricket Board receives 4 lakh rupees from the BCCI. Only one player from Nepal plays IPL, who has bought for 20 lakh rupees. Pakistan players have also received more than Rs 12 crores from the IPL. In 2008, the first season of the IPL also featured 11 Pakistani players, who were bought for Rs 12.84 crore. But, since then Pakistani players have been banned in the IPL.