BCCI CEO Rahul Johri optimistic about IPL 2020: Details here

BCCI eyeing September 25 to November 1 window for IPL 2020

"The hope was that we would have 14 T20 games before the World Cup in October and that's not going to happen anymore". They are expecting to operate in losses of approximately $36 million over the next four-year period, with the South African Cricketers Association believing the figure is closer to $56 million approx.

Gaekwad is of the view that cricket post-pandemic won't be the same as the players aren't used to be playing in front of empty stands while adding that it will be a hard phase for the world of cricket. "We need to understand those sides as part of the next step of preparation as foreign players will need to come in and we have to ensure that government directives with regards to fighting the pandemic are fully abided by".

Faul said they have already initiated the process to seek permission from the South African government. "We pride ourselves on being a socially distanced sport".

Faul added that he was not sure that the MSL would be played without spectators.

"The BCCI has taken note of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday for containment of Covid-19 across the country", treasurer Arun Dhumal had said in a BCCI press release.

"Hopefully things will improve and give us more variables which we can control and accordingly take the decision". He, however, said the series is at a "guess-work stage" but has a possibility of taking place behind closed doors.

BCCI has informed IPL teams of the window but an official said clarity will come only by mid-August when preparations will get underway.

"Then we will continue to engage with our stakeholders, and I want to thank Andrew for sharing this telecon with us".

Considering the fast-evolving situation, CSA has reiterated that the series will be subject to the clearances from the highest authorities of both India and South Africa. The former India captain said that events like World Cup should not be the priority in the immediate future.

South Africa are optimistic about India's visit for a three-match Twenty20 global (T20I) series in August, Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Jacques Faul told in an online press conference on Thursday. Cricketing activities can start only after the monsoon. Having said that we stay optimistic. In their last meeting, after the first of three-match ODI series in Dharmasala was washed off, with the entire series called off due to the pandemic situation.

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