New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has reportedly written a letter to all BCCI-affiliated State Cricket units on Thursday, in which he has said that the Board is looking at all options to stage IPL this year in empty stadiums. Ganguly added that he and his colleagues at BCCI are optimistic and will decide the future course of action on the staging of IPL really soon. The development happens days after Ganguly said that not hosting IPL will cause the loss in tune of Rs 4,000.

“The BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums. The fans, franchisees, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year,” Ganguly wrote in the letter as per an Indian Express report.

„Recently a lot of players, both from India and other countries, participating in IPL have also shown their keenness on being a part of this year IPL. We are optimistic and the BCCI will shortly decide on the future course of action on this,“ the letter added.

Australia’s Pat Cummins, Glen Maxwell and England’s Jos Buttler had earlier backed the staging of IPL this year.

The scheduling of IPL 2020 in the immediate future will depend on the schedule of this year’s ICC T-20 world cup, but other than publically saying that it is ‘exploring all the options’ to conduct the global Cricketing event, the ICC is yet to give the clarity on the same. The final call as for the staging of T-20 World Cup is expected to take place in July.

Ganguly’s letter is significant because it follows the ICC Board meeting on Wednesday, whose most prominent discussion agenda included consensus on the schedule of T-20 World Cup in Australia later this year. The postponement of mega-ICC event can possibly open a window for the IPL in September or the months after.

Mumbai Indians to start training for IPL

According to a report in The Indian Express, the Mumbai Indians franchise will start training on Thursday in Mumbai at the Reliance Stadium on the outskirts of Mumbai at Ghansoli. The players such as Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Dhawal Kulkarni, and Aditya Tare who live in Mumbai and its suburbs can attend the training sessions if the situation allows them to.

“Mumbai Indians have given the option of training to us. I am eagerly looking forward to getting there. There is nothing like the feeling of holding the bat again. I have hardly stepped out of home in the last two months and have certainly missed playing,” the right-handed batsman of Mumbai Indians, Suryakumar Yadav was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.