Apr 17, 2020

SLC to offer to host IPL

Sri Lanka Cricket is to offer to host the Indian Premier League, reports say.

SLC president Shammi Silva told Reuters in Colombo “It looks like Sri Lanka will be clear of the coronavirus before India.  If so, we can host the tournament here. We will be writing to the Indian cricket board soon”.

Indian media speculated on a possible window for the IPL in September-October, before this year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

The Indian Premier League was officially postponed until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic but the Indian cricket board believes it can find a “safe” window later for the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.

The eight-team league, originally scheduled from March 29, was initially suspended until yesterday even as India entered a three-week lockdown last month.

With the lockdown being extended until May 3 and travel and other restrictions in place, a second postponement was inevitable.