New Zealand Cricket Board (NZC) said that it has not offered to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. The board has termed such media reports as speculation.
NZC spokesman Richard Book told Radio New Zealand that no proposal had been sent by the Cricket Board to host the IPL and there were no plans to host it.
BCCI wants to conduct IPL in October-November
Recently a BCCI official had said that the UAE and Sri Lanka as well as New Zealand have sent a proposal to host the IPL indefinitely in March due to Corona. Only after this statement of the book has come out. Cricket Board of India wants to conduct IPL in the October-November window in the event of the cancellation of the T20 World Cup in Australia.
We want the IPL to happen this year: Ganguly
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly told a news channel a day earlier that we do not want the IPL 2020 to be canceled. If we get 35 to 40 days also, then we will get the IPL done in the country itself. At the moment, we do not know where it will be. IPL is the largest tournament in the country. We want it to happen.
On whether the BCCI will wait for the ICC’s decision on the T20 World Cup or whether the IPL will take place in place of the T20 World Cup, Ganguly said, “Right now the ICC has not decided anything about the tournament. There are many reports coming in the media, but until an official decision of the ICC comes, we cannot say anything in this matter.
IPL has been out of India twice, IPL has been removed from India due to the Lok Sabha elections twice. In 2009, the tournament was hosted by South Africa. The IPL then lasted for 5 weeks and 2 days. In 2014, the tournament matches were played in the UAE apart from India.