Scheduling IPL will be a ‘real challenge’, slight possibility before or after T20 World Cup

Rajasthan Royals owner Manoj Badale said in a virtual meeting that scheduling the remaining matches in the cash-rich league IPL will be a “real challenge” and there is a very slight chance of the league being scheduled either before or after this year’s T20 World Cup.

The league got suspended indefinitely after many of the players and staff members tested positive with COVID-19, KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha and DC’s Amit Mishra were some prominent players who were tested positive.

Badale said finding space and time in the calendar will be a great challenge and players are already playing too much cricket at this time. The Boards from all over the globe are trying to play as many tournament and Test matches as possible. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Director of Cricket, Ashley Giles has also made it clear that top English players like Stokes, Archer won’t be available for the tournament as they have tournaments scheduled with the national side before and right after the T20 World Cup as well.

There are two windows for the league to resume, before T20 World Cup (October-November) and the second is after mid-November. BCCI has also said that the matches cannot happen in India keeping in mind the dreading pandemic.

The Middle East and the UK would be the preferred location for the league to resume if everything goes well.

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