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BCCI president Sourav Ganguly opens up about pay cuts, IPL 2020, India’s tour of Australia
- Updated: May 15, 2020
Former India captain and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly said the apex body of Indian cricket might not have to go for pay cuts if the Indian Premier League (IPL) is held at some point in time.
Sourav Ganguly said if the 13th season of the IPL gets shelved due to the Covid-19 pandemic, then the BCCI is set to face loss of around Rs 4000 crore.
The IPL 2020 was scheduled to get underway from March 29 but it has been suspended until further notice due to the pandemic. The lockdowns that have been enforced in the country and across the globe has seen the IPL miss the April-May deadline.
The future of IPL remains uncertain, considering the travel restrictions put in place in various parts of the globe. It remains to be seen if the BCCI can find another window in what could turn out to be a cramped cricket schedule when the sport returns.
“We will have to examine our financial situation, see how much money we have and take a call. Not hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) will cause losses to the tune of R4,000 crore which is huge,” Sourav Ganguly told mid-day.
“If the IPL takes place, we won’t have to go in for pay cuts. We’ll manage things,”
5 Tests in Australia?
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly also shot down the idea of India playing 5 Tests in their proposed tour of Australia later this year. Cricket Australia was reportedly considering extending the 4-match Test series by a Test if the tour goes ahead as scheduled.
India are scheduled to start the tour with a T20 series in October and play 4 Tests after the T20 World Cup in November-December.
Only recently, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said India would be willing to go into the mandatory 14-day isolation period before the first match on the tour gets underway in Australia.
“I don’t think it will be possible for India to participate in five Tests. There will be limited overs games and plus we have to consider the 14-day quarantine guidelines. All this will extend the tour,” Ganguly said.