July 16, 2020 | 12:05 AM IST
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BCCI may hold IPL matches soon, indicates Ganguly in a letter

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has written a letter to all affiliated board members stating that it is working on all possible options to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in empty stadiums. 

The Chief wrote in the letter, “The BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums. The fans, franchisees, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year.”

He also stated, “Recently a lot of players, both from India and other countries, participating in IPL have also shown their keenness on being a part of this year IPL. We are optimistic and the BCCI will shortly decide on the future course of action on this.”

The letter further read, “The BCCI is in the process of developing a COVID-19 Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) for all State Cricket Associations. Essentially this SOP is being made with a view of providing our Members with a standard set of guidelines which will help the associations to resume cricket in their respective areas.”

The League was scheduled to start from March 29th, but had to be indefinitely postponed due to Coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown.

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