Linkage of the ICC T20 World Cup and the availability of October-November for the Indian Premier League (IPL) have been two relevant and trending topics for the cricketing media.
The Indian cash-rich league was all set to be commenced by 29th March but the several extensions in the lockdown amid the Coronavirus pandemic delayed the league indefinitely a few times. The Indian authorities have finally decided to postpone the league until further notice. However, BCCI is having an eye on the window in case if T20 World Cup gets shifted to another possible window.
The possibility of IPL in the window of the World Cup has disturbed many cricketing figures and have forced them to think that ICC is going for cancelation to give place to IPL. The thought, however, has been declined by BCCI officials.
Michael Holding, the Jamaican commentator, has commented that BCCI have all the rights to hold IPL in case if ICC cancels their mega-event.
He thinks that it is Australia’s travel restrictions that will deprive ICC to postpone the World Cup as although the lockdown has ended in Australia, borders are still closed to take the maximum safety measures till September. Holding has neglected the idea that ICC is delaying because of making space for BCCI’s IPL.
Michael Holding: BCCI sustain all rights to hold IPL amidst the postponement of the T20 World Cup
“I don’t think ICC is delaying the T20 World Cup because they are making space for the IPL. It’s the Australian government’s law where they are not allowing any visitors into the country before a specific date,” Holding said during an Insta live session.
“But if there is no T20 World Cup, the BCCI has all rights to go ahead and organize a domestic tournament because there’s a space. If they are encroaching on other people’s tournament, you could say okay,” added the cricketer-turned-commentator.