New Zealand offers to host IPL 2020: BCCI official

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The COVID-19 outburst had brought the sporting action to a standstill and the Indian Premier League (IPL) was no different. The world’s most popular domestic T20 league was initially postponed till April 14 after it was slated to begin in March-end and later for an indefinite time.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Sri Lanka had earlier proposed to host the league and now India has got another nation who is willing to have the IPL in their country.

New Zealand has proposed to host the IPL, a BCCI official said. “Staging the event in India has to be the first choice but in case it is not safe to have it, then we will look at the overseas options. After UAE and Sri Lanka, New Zealand has also offered to host the IPL,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

The IPL’s first game was scheduled to take place between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede stadium.

MI has been the most successful team in the IPL as they have won the title four times. Chennai are the second-best with three trophies to their name while KKR has won it twice and Deccan Chargers and SRH have lifted it once.

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