IPL 2020 top of agenda at BCCI meeting

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Conducting a delayed season of the IPL, possibly in September-October, and other domestic tournaments, likely to be fewer than usual, will be topmost on the BCCI Apex Council’s agenda when the members meet via video conference on Friday to discuss the immediate future despite rising COVID-19 cases in the country.

That aside, there will be discussions on the senior men’s team’s calendar, with three series – away white-ball tours of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, and a home series against England – already deferred.

Items on the agenda

  • IPL – the way forward
  • Domestic cricket schedule
  • FTP – rescheduling of the England home series for February, 2021
  • Tax exemption certificates, which are mandatory for hosting the T20 World Cup in India
  • The NCA facility in Bengaluru
  • Extension of contracts for BCCI and IPL digital platforms
  • The administration of the Bihar Cricket Association
  • Appointment of new BCCI staff
  • Procedure to appoint new CEOafter Rahul Johri’s resignation
  • Payments to the north-eastern states
  • Discussion on tender for apparel partnership

“Obviously, all options need to be explored (when it comes to the IPL),” an unnamed BCCI official told PTI. “First option is India but you don’t know how the situation will be. Obviously, there is UAE and Sri Lanka but taking out the IPL will increase the overheads. I think the president also recently said that.

“I don’t think we are still in a position to fix venues in a situation which is so fluid. But the plans and the tentative window needs to be ready so that once ICC makes a formal announcement of T20 World Cup (scheduled for October-November) cancellation next week, we can proceed.” (ESPNCricinfo)

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