The BCCI on Thursday suspended the IPL “till further notice” within the wake of the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
“Whether it would be in Australia (or elsewhere), that’s an interesting topic of conversation. There would be a few teams – us in particular at RCB, we’d be very happy for it to be played abroad, because a number of our overseas players are Australian and South African, who really would enjoy these conditions in Australia,” Katich advised SEN Radio.
“It would be interesting to see if that would eventuate but obviously it’s one of many scenarios that’s being discussed.”
The IPL passed off in South Africa in 2009 owing to the overall elections in India on the identical time and because of the identical purpose, part of the match was held within the UAE in 2014. Katich had changed Gary Kirsten because the RCB head coach after the IPL final 12 months.
The Virat Kohli-led staff is but to win the league. The former Australian batsman stated the BCCI would go away no stone unturned to stage the IPL this 12 months.
“It’s clearly the most important T20 match on the planet and the folks there love their cricket. But I believe they’re additionally practical to know that they’ve to sit down tight and wait like everybody else on the planet, and trip this out nevertheless lengthy that takes.
“There is a large financial facet to this by way of what the IPL generates, not just for the Indian financial system but in addition for the franchises as effectively, and for the BCCI. I assume the factor that needs to be weighed up is … there’s most likely slightly little bit of a distinction by way of the IPL.
“Because of the quantity of eyeballs which might be on the IPL in India when it is on in April and May, it’s a situation the place it’s doubtlessly nonetheless very commercially viable being performed with empty stadiums, in order that’s one thing little question they’re going to be weighing up.
“In the previous there’s been speak of scores figures of 80 million folks watching video games. At the identical time, there’s clearly numerous well being laws that should be adopted to be sure that no-one’s endangered, whether or not that is the general public or the gamers and help workers.”
The solely window which the BCCI can goal for internet hosting the match is September-November. For that to occur, India should skip the Asia Cup in Dubai or else, Cricket Australia and the International Cricket Council should conform to postpone the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled for October-November.
Katich stated pushing the T20 World Cup to later in the summertime is an choice. “Potentially there’s an opportunity to host it later in the summertime, just like the (latest) Women’s T20 World Cup (which was held in February), and whether or not that is a chance to re-jig issues.
“It’ll be interesting to hear those discussions [which are] probably taking place at the moment and whether that’s logistically possible with the FTP the way it is. But I’m sure that a T20 World Cup is a priority for all the organisers at the moment, to try and make sure that goes ahead at some point in the Australian summer given that we’re hosting it,” he added.
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