New Zealand Cricket has finally denied the claims BCCI made recently that the Kiwis board has proposed them for hosting IPL.
The decision that hangs by a threat is to finalize the venues. As earlier, some of the officials declared Sri Lanka and UAE as the possible venues if the league will be commenced outside India. Later, they revealed that New Zealand also proposed them for hosting and it can also be considered. The reports suggest that if BCCI will be taking the cash-rich league outside India, UAE will be preferred, or if played in India, Mumbai might be a possible choice.
New Zealand Cricket denies IPL 2020 hosting claims by BCCI
Denying, NZ revealed that they neither have proposed their venues for IPL nor their intention is to do in future.
“The report is simply speculation. We have not offered to host the IPL nor have we had an approach to do so,” New Zealand Cricket spokesperson Richard Boock told Radio New Zealand.
“Staging the event in India has to be the first choice but in case it is not safe to have it, then we will look at the overseas options. After UAE and Sri Lanka, New Zealand has also offered to host the IPL. We will sit down with all stakeholders (broadcaster, teams, etc) and take a call. The safety of the players is paramount. There will be no compromise on that,” the official was quoted as saying.
IPL, which was to be staged by 29th March, faced several delays in the schedule amidst the COVID-19. Finally, the step was taken to postpone the league until further notice.