Sri Lanka interested to host the upcoming IPL
CRICDOT DESK : Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has expressed its desire to host the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL). India is currently infected with COVID 19, and the number of cases is increasing rapidly. Therefore, the Cricket Management Board (BCCI) of India is developing an emergency response plan to keep South Africa and Sri Lanka as backup hosts. While the entire IPL 2020 was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Gulf countries hosted part of the previous edition.
However, according to sources, the Indian board does not want to remain fully dependent on the UAE to host cash-rich tournaments. Meanwhile, the SLC has shown a lot of enthusiasm and is also discussing the start of negotiations with Sourav Gangulyled BCCI.
“We are looking at the report and are pleased to be able to host an IPL in Sri Lanka. We will soon begin discussions with BCCI on this,” he said.
Silva also sounded positive about the situation in Sri Lanka during the pandemic. “Here in Sri Lanka, the situation at Covid is not bad. We are very welcoming to our hosts so we can rest assured,” added the SLC Executive Secretary.
The BCCI is already gaining momentum after the ongoing domestic season has been canceled due to a pandemic. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy went as planned. However, the next Ranji Trophy had to be postponed, and the Cooch Behar U19 Trophy had to stop prematurely.
BCCI also faces the challenge of hosting IPL2022, with the addition of two teams from Ahmedabad and Gujarat. A new franchise was also given to complete the recruitment process until January 22nd.
“They need to complete the signature by 5 pm on January 22,” a BCCI official said. “The mega auction will be held in the second week of February. VIVO has also resigned as the title sponsor of IPL and replaced TATA.