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English counties mount bid to host postponed IPL

Getty ImagesAmbitious plans for England to act as a stand-in host for the postponed Indian Premier League (IPL) have been initiated by a small group of counties, the PA news agency understands. The lucrative franchise Twenty20 cricket competition was suspended on 4th April due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis in India and, although the global calendar is already logjammed, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be desperate to get its flagship event back up and running and protect the vast associated revenues. Following reports in The Times and ESPNCricinfo, PA understands initial contact has been made with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suggesting the likes of Lord’s, The Kia Oval, Emirates Old Trafford and Edgbaston as possible venues for the 31 remaining fixtures. BCCI set to incur heavy losses over IPL postponementThe ECB would need to adopt the project and the governing body suggested on 6th April that its counterparts were far from ready to engage. A spokesperson told PA: “We speak to the BCCI regularly about tours and other matters and we’ll continue doing so, but we have received no indication that they are looking for alternative hosts for the IPL at the moment. ”The trajectory of the pandemic represents the biggest unknown, though the current course of events in England suggests by mid-September – when India’s Test series against England is due to finish – fans could be back at sporting events in big numbers.

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