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BCCI to incur loss of Rs 2500 crore if IPL’s called off: Sourav Ganguly

IPL 2021 was postponed after the bio-secure bubble was invaded by the Coronavirus.

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KERALA: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has revealed that the governing body will incur a loss of Rs 2,500 crore should the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 be called off for good. This year's IPL was cancelled earlier this week after the bio-secure bubble was invaded by the Coronavirus and several players and team staff contracted the disease.

"If we fail to complete the IPL, the loss will be close to Rs 2500 crore ($340 million approximately). That is going by early estimates," Ganguly told The Telegraph. 

The former Indian skipper added that the BCCI will have to dig deep to carve out a window in the busy international calendar to find slots for the remaining 31 matches in this year's IPL. Ganguly also hinted that the board will soon communicate with other cricket bodies to find a possible window in 2021. 

He made it clear that the suspension of this year's IPL will not be a blow to the world's richest T20 league. 

"I wouldn’t say it is a blow. Don’t forget last year we had no Wimbledon or Olympics. These are extraordinary times and we have to take it in our stride and move on. We can’t do much in these situations. Perhaps we have to only wait for things to improve," asserted Ganguly. 

As for whether the current situation puts the status of the ICC T20 World Cup in jeopardy, Ganguly suggested that assuming anything right now won't be right. 

"Let's see what happens to the World T20. There's still some time left and we don't know how things will pan out a month later. Can't comment right now. But let’s not assume things," said the Dada of Indian cricket. 

Ganguly added that the BCCI is doing whatever it can to expedite foreign cricketers safe departure from India. Eight English players and five South African players have already reached home. Due to the international travel restrictions, Australian players will initially travel to the Maldives. After 10 days of quarantine, they will fly to their homeland. 

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