Sourav Ganguly on IPL 2021

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India cannot host the rest of the IPL Matches, informs BCCI President Sourav Ganguly

Remaining IPL Matches will not be held in India, says Sourav Ganguly…learn more…

Tuesday, 11th May 2021

Ever since the matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has stayed for an indefinite period, lots of speculations have cropped up pertaining to whether the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will get the scope to accomplish the 14th IPL edition successfully and if it at all the matches resume, where should the venue be. Some of the reports from the media have claimed that the countries such as Sri Lanka and England have come forward to host the rest of the IPL Matches. While it isn’t clear yet whether the IPL tournament will resume even later this year, Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president is quite clear about the fact that whatever the pandemic status maybe, "it can't happen in India".

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, in his exclusive interview with the Sportstar, stated that there are plenty of "organizational hazards" such a quarantine period of 14 days which is pretty challenging to handle. He further said that as the international calendar is highly congested right now, it cannot actually be predicted as of now whether the Board will be able to pick a slot for the completion of the IPL Matches of this year.

When Ganguly was asked if the shortened IPL season 2021 could be continued in England after the Finals of the World Test Championship and prior to the beginning of the 5-Test Match Series in the UK, the answer that came from him was negative. He added that Team India will be traveling to Sri Lanka for a cricketing series of limited-overs, consisting of 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs in the month of July this year.

"No. India is supposed to go to Sri Lanka for three ODIs and five T20Is. There are lots of organizational hazards like 14-day quarantine. It can't happen in India. This quarantine is tough to handle. Too early to say how we can find a slot to complete the IPL." told Ganguly to Sportstar.

As per reports, multiple country clubs of England such as the Lancashire Club, Warwickshire Club, and the Surrey Club have penned down a letter to the Cricket Board of Wales and England, informing them of their eagerness to host the rest of the IPL Matches in the month of September.

Even the Sri Lanka Cricket Board has offered to be the host of the remaining IPL matches.

Arjuna de Silva, the SLC Chief, has informed that they are ready to"certainly provide a window" for hosting the unfinished IPL matches in the month of September and that their "grounds will be ready" in case the highly lucrative league responds to their call.

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