The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was recently put on hold indefinitely due to the rising Covid 19 cases across the country. Following this, England’s county cricket clubs have allegedly offered to host the league.
BCCI Holds ECB To Host Tournament
As per the latest reports, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Surrey and Warwickshire who are based at the Lord’s, The Kia Oval (London) and Edgbaston (Birmingham) have offered to be a part of the group and have written to England and Wales Cricket Board. They have invited them to extend the hosting invite to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The plan to conduct the tournament would see to fulfilment in around the second half of September. At the same time, Lancashire is not one of the signatories in the letter and their home ground Old Trafford in Manchester which could be as a stadium for the tournament.
However, the ECB so far has not received any requests from the BCCI to host the tournament. Following up on the same, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly released a statement on Wednesday. He said that it is too early to plan the tournament at a new venue and on a later date.
BCCI Calls Off IPL 2021; Faces Financial Loses
Earlier this month, BCCI called off the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 after some of the players and support staff tested positive for Covid 19. As per the reports, BCCI earned Rs 4000 crores from the IPL in 2020 and the tournament was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) without an audience.
However, this year’s IPL was also expected to be held in the same way and bring home the same amount of money. On average, BCCI earns Rs 67 crores from every match broadcasted. While 31 matches are yet to be played out of 61 match tournament, the BCCI has reported almost half of the losses
According to the BCCI, it earned Rs 4,000 crore from the IPL in 2020, when the tournament was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) without crowd attendance. IPL 2021, which was also held in a similar bio bubble and purely on a broadcast platform, was expected to bring in the same amount of money for the BCCI. On average, the BCCI earns Rs 67 crore from every match broadcast.