Remaining IPL games cannot be played in India, says BCCI


he remaining games of the suspended Indian Premier League season cannot be played in the country, the BCCI have said.

The IPL was last week put on indefinite hold due to the Covid crisis in India. Monday saw 366,161 new reported infections to take the caseload to 22.66 million.

Sourav Ganguly, head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, told Sportstar magazine that coronavirus restrictions meant it was impossible to stage the remaining 31 games in India.

“There are lots of organisational hazards like 14-day quarantine. It can’t happen in India,” Ganguly said. “This quarantine is tough to handle. Too early to say how we can find a slot to complete the IPL.”

Warwickshire, Surrey and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) are keen to host the remaining matches in September, but Reuters report that an offer is yet to be discussed with the BCCI.

The entire 2020 tournament was played in the United Arab Emirates because of the pandemic.

Ganguly also said India would play three one-dayers and five Twenty20 Internationals in Sri Lanka in July though the BCCI is likely to field a second-string squad.

Virat Kohli’s side are due to leave for England in early June for the World Test Championship final in Southampton against New Zealand. They will then play a five-test series against England.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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