Sourav Ganguly, president of the cricket board, has decided to go ahead with the suspended Indian T20 league. Ganguly has written a letter to the member state association specifying board does not want to wait any longer for ICC's decision on World T20.
Top officials of the board are doing everything they can and are looking for all the possible options for Indian T20 league. Exploring various factors and dates, the board seems to have finalized a window for holding the Indian T20 League. As per a letter written by the board to the member state association, the board has presented a tentative window of September 26 to November 8. Although, it may not be able to take that slot if World T20 goes as scheduled, the chances of that happening that are very slim.
The board has also consulted with the broadcasting partners on the window, and after that, the tentative dates were finalized as September 26 to November 8.
One unnamed Board member also said “We can’t keep our plans on hold. ICC has to decide on the T20 World Cup way forward and we have to decide on our plans. That is the reason tentative window has been zeroed down and we will start preparing as per this window for IPL”.
The next decision that the board has to take is about the venues. Since the Covid-19 has its spread everywhere in India, they will have to make the decision whether to conduct the tournament in India or outside India. UAE and Sri Lanka have also offered to host the Indian T20 league. Thus, that could also be an option
Indian T20 league Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel had earlier said: “The Indian T20 league 2020 can be hosted closed doors, can be limited to fewer venues, can be taken overseas, can be even played without international players.”