After several England counties, now Sri Lanka Cricket is interested in hosting the remainder of IPL 2021. The season was suspended midway by the BCCI after players from a few IPL camps tested COVID positive. However, the BCCI has not yet come to a decision regarding the same though they have a few options at hand. Now Sri Lankan Cricket board too has offered to host the remaining games.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly in fact has gone on record to say that his board will have a talk with other boards to see if a window can be made available for hosting the 31 matches left, before the T20 World Cup.
He had also revealed that if the IPL is not completed, the board could face up to INR 2500 crores ($ 340 Million) of loss, which is just the early estimates. In a recent interaction, the SLC chief of the managing committee, Prof. Arjuna de Silva said that his board can provide a window in September.
Sri Lanka Cricket Interested In Hosting Remainder Of IPL 2021
“Yes, we can certainly provide a window to host the IPL in the month of September. We hear the UAE (United Arab Emirates) is their one option but Sri Lanka can not be ignored for all reasons,” said Prof. Arjuna de Silva.
De Silva also revealed that the board is planning to have the second season of the Lanka Premier League in July and August, hence the arrangements will be ready in September.
“We are planning to host the Lanka Premier League (LPL) in July-August and the grounds and other infrastructure will be ready for the IPL in September”, he added.
Meanwhile, BCCI officials and the stakeholders continue to mull over the possible options, three options have come up during the initial rounds of discussions.