BCCI eyeing September 25 to November 1 window for IPL 2020

Ross Houston
May 22, 2020

South Africa had recently postponed the series against Sri Lanka but put their weight behind India's visit as it is touted to be a high-revenue tournament.

"The unlikeliest scenario is that the season will start as normal", he said in a virtual press conference on Thursday.

Pressure will now mount on the International Cricket Council to postpone the Twenty20 World Cup, which is due to be held in Australia from Oct 18, at its board meeting next week.

Worldwide cricket has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic with no matches taking place since the second week of March. "We pride ourselves on being a socially distanced sport".

"We've got a big World Cup that is going to be played at some stage, so playing as much high-quality T20 cricket as we can is great". "We need to understand those sides as part of the next step of preparation as foreign players will need to come in and we have to ensure that government directives with regards to fighting the pandemic are fully abided by". This will relate specifically to the potential of an incoming Indian tour. "As I've stated before, we're very encouraged by India's willingness", Faul added. Players can start their individual training although the camp which they were planning won't happen till travel restrictions are in place.

However, BCCI is now looking at the possibility of hosting the 13th edition from September 25 to November 1, provided the country is able to lower the rate of COVID-19 cases.

"Hopefully things will improve and give us more variables which we can control and accordingly take the decision".

Faul also spoke positively about discussion that have been taking place to play against India but added that a lot of that planning revolved around the lockdown and what the government of South Africa would and would not allow.

A BCCI official said that the possibility of the series getting under way is possible they get an all clearance from the government. The former India coach said cricketers will have to gather all their mental strength to deal with the uncertainty that the pandemic has caused. That's the most important bit. "We will have to look at how that will impact the schedules, which as it is are tight. but we are still optimistic".

The two teams were scheduled to play a three-ODI series in February 2020. Interestingly, quite a few Australia cricketers, who are part of the national T20 team, believe it will be nearly impossible for the country to host the tournament as per schedule.

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