Sourav Ganguly has disclosed the insane cost if the Indian Premier League can’t be completed later this year.
BCCI boss Sourav Ganguly has revealed the staggering cost if the IPL can’t be completed later this year.
The BCCI is now trying to find a window in the international calendar to finish the tournament, with one possibility emerging that it could be played in England in late September.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Ganguly said the crowded calendar prior will make it difficult to reschedule, with the T20 World Cup due to be played in October.
“There has got to be a lot of shuffling,” he said.
“We have to speak to other boards and see if a window can be made available before the T20 World Cup. Lot of things are involved and we will slowly start working on them.
“If we fail to complete the IPL, the loss will be close to ($436 million). That is going by early estimates.”
Ganguly acknowledged the decision to play the tournament in multiple locations around India may have been a mistake, with the COVID-19 infections occurring after teams moved cities.
When the IPL was played in the UAE in 2020, there was no domestic air travel involved.
All of this came as the number of daily cases in India topped 400,000.
“I really don’t know what led to this situation inside the biosecurity bubble. We will have to do a post-mortem and look into the reasons behind this,” Ganguly explained.
“But travelling could have been an issue.
“Last year in the UAE, everything was restricted to three venues and within a limited area. There was no air travel involved. Here we had six different venues.
“You also have to look at the situation around the country. The way the number of people are getting affected on a daily basis is total madness. No one knows what is going to happen tomorrow. Things have gone out of control for everyone.”
All Australian players and staff, with the exception of Hussey, have now traveled to the Maldives, where they’ll remain until they can return to Australia.
ESPNCricinfo reports that the tournament could be finished in England in September, with Lord’s, the Oval and Edgbaston the likely venues, after a number of counties wrote to the ECB offering to host the games.
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