BCCI won't push for T20 World Cup postponement to open IPL window: Arun Dhumal

BCCI won't push for T20 World Cup postponement to open IPL window: Arun Dhumal

India's cricket board won't push for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia to be postponed but would consider staging the Indian Premier League (IPL) within the October/November slot if it becomes available, a senior BCCI official has told Reuters.

This year's IPL, which is worth almost $530 million to the BCCI, has been indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic while the planet Cup, which is scheduled to start on Oct. 18, is additionally in jeopardy.

Reports in Australian media have suggested India's influential board may look to push for the planet Cup to be postponed to open up a window for the IPL.

World Cup contingency plans are on the agenda at next week's International Cricket Council (ICC) committee meeting but BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said India wouldn't be recommending it's pushed back.

"Why should the BCCI suggest postponing the Twenty20 World Cup?" Dhumal told Reuters by telephone.

"We'll discuss it within the meeting and whatever is acceptable , (the ICC) will take a call.

"If the Australia government announces that the tournament will happen and Cricket Australia is confident they will handle it, it'll be their call. BCCI wouldn't suggest anything."

While Australia has seen new infections of the novel coronavirus slow to a trickle and is gradually easing travel curbs and social distancing restrictions, hosting a 16-team World Cup would be a Herculean task for Cricket Australia.

Dhumal questioned whether the tournament should plow ahead if it had to be played without spectators and said the Australian government would play a key role in any decision.

"It all depends on what the Australian government says on this - whether they'd allow so may teams to return and play the tournament," he added.

"Will it add up to play games without spectators? Will it add up for CA to stage such a tournament like that? It's their call."

Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts was guarded about the prospects of staging the tournament as scheduled on Friday.

"We do not have clarity thereon one, yet. But because the situation continues to enhance , you never know what could be possible," he said.

"It's ultimately a choice for the ICC."

The ICC has said it had been unlikely to form a final turn the fate of the planet Cup until August but some boards are within the process of creating contingency plans within the event of a postponement.

While the BCCI recognised an open October-November window would suit the IPL, Dhumal said there was no point in planning until there was some certainty about the planet Cup.

"If we've the window available, and counting on what all are often organised, we'll decide accordingly," he added. "We can't presume that it isn't happening and continue planning."