• Sunday, June 13, 2021
India corona update 
Total Fatalities 367,081
Total Cases 29,359,155
Today's Fatalities 4,002
Today's Cases 84,332
India corona update 
Total Fatalities 367,081
Total Cases 29,359,155
Today's Fatalities 4,002
Today's Cases 84,332

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Remaining IPL games can’t happen in India, says BCCI chief Ganguly

File photo of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. (Getty Images)

By: SattwikBiswal

THE remainder of the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) season will have to be played outside the country, the Indian cricket board said, though it is unclear whether a window can be found to play the remaining 31 games.

IPL was suspended indefinitely last week after several players and support staff tested positive for Covid-19. India reported 366,161 new Covid-19 infections on Monday (10), taking the caseload to 22.66 million.

Sourav Ganguly, head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), told Sportstar that Covid-19 restrictions meant it was impossible to stage the remaining games in India.

“There are lots of organisational hazards like 14-day quarantine. It can’t happen in India,” Ganguly said.

“This quarantine is tough to handle. Too early to say how we can find a slot to complete the IPL.”

Warwickshire, Surrey and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) are keen to host the remaining matches in September, but a BCCI official told Reuters on Friday (7) they were yet to discuss the offer.

The entire 2020 tournament was played in the United Arab Emirates because of the pandemic.

Ganguly also said India would play three one-dayers and five Twenty20 Internationals in Sri Lanka in July though the BCCI is likely to field a second-string squad.

Virat Kohli’s side are due to leave for England in early June for the World Test Championship final in Southampton against New Zealand. They will then play a five-Test series against England.

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