The BCCI asserts that organising the Indian Premier League (IPL) in India this year was not a mistake. In an interview with The Indian Express, BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly spoke about the thought process behind organising it at home, why the Board chose six cities as venues, and that Indian domestic players will be compensated irrespective of the fate of the 2021 IPL season.
No. When we decided, the number was not even close to this. We did the England tour successfully.
It was discussed, but the (COVID-19 cases) in India in February was (virtually) nothing. It has just gone through the roof in the last three weeks. Before that it was nothing. We discussed about the UAE but then decided to do it in India.
We will see. It’s too early to say.
I don’t know. It’s too early to say.
I don’t think so. The report we got is that there’s no breach of the bubble. How it happened is very difficult to say. How so many people are getting (infected) in the country is also very difficult to say.
As I said, when we decided all this, there was no (Covid spike) in India. So it’s very easy to say now, but when this tournament was organised, Covid numbers (in India) were nothing. We started with Mumbai and finished there without any case. And Mumbai was very high (number of active Covid cases) then.
We discussed their name, but they don’t have a big presence in India, that was the problem. So we went with others.
They are all professional hands. Professional hands around the world can’t control it (virus penetrating the bubble). When it was happening in England (second wave of the pandemic), there were cases in the English Premier League. Manchester City, Arsenal players got infected. Matches got rescheduled. Because their season is six months long, they can do it. But our season is tight. Since we have to (release) players to their respective countries, rescheduling was very difficult.
They will all be fine. They are all looked after and they will all reach home. The Australians will reach the Maldives tomorrow, finish their quarantine and then reach Australia safely. So I don’t see any issue.
Now that they have time, they will do it individually since the (state) governments (are) getting the vaccinations done. They all go to their respective homes, so it’s an easier option that way.
A: They will be compensated. It has been decided in the AGM only. So at the end of the season, when their payments will go, they will be compensated.
No, it won’t.
Yes, it is (at Southampton from June 18-22).
It’s too early (to say).
IMG doesn’t look after Covid. Even when it happened in UAE last year, IMG was not responsible for Covid (management). IMG was organising the matches and the event. Covid is (handled) completely by medical infrastructure. It has got nothing to do with IMG.
That answers your question. The English Premier League (when UK was in lockdown), La Liga, everything was happening around the world.
Yes. We did it last year (Rs 51 crore). So this year also we are thinking of doing things.
Yes, it was.
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