IPL 2020 venue: The Sri Lankan all-rounder has voiced his opinion regarding playing his maiden IPL season at home.
Sri Lanka and Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Isuru Udana is confident of Sri Lanka hosting the 13th season of the Indian Premier League as India’s grim COVID-19 situation might make it difficult for them to conduct the extravagant tournament.
Since getting postponed indefinitely, IPL 2020 has allured multiple speculations with respect to its venue and time. There is no hiding to the fact that a final call on IPL 2020 will be taken after the postponement of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 for it will provide enough space in the cricketing calendar to conduct the tournament.
Having said that, the venue of IPL 2020 still continues to be a bone of contention for the organizers as the global pandemic has duly affected India.
IPL 2020 venue
Udana, 32, took to his Twitter handle to put out the word that Sri Lanka is “absolutely ready” to host IPL 2020. Having last played at the highest level during the home series against West Indies in March, Udana retweeted a tweet posted by RCB which hinted at IPL 2020’s prospect of being played in either of UAE or Sri Lanka.
It was a few days ago that a BCCI official had commented upon Sri Lanka being among the two front-runners to host IPL 2020 due to their much-improved COVID-19 situation. As a neighboring country, matches can be comfortably played according to the Indian prime slots in Sri Lanka.
— Isuru Udana (@IAmIsuru17) July 5, 2020
Udana, who has played 30 T20Is for Sri Lanka, was acquired by RCB at his base price of INR 50 lakh during this year’s auction. Having played in the Bangladesh Premier League, Afghanistan Premier League and the Mzansi Super League, Udana would be eager to play in the biggest T20 league now.
It is worth mentioning that Sri Lanka Cricket had offered to host the cash-rich league in April. SLC is further awaiting India’s response regarding IPL 2020 and a pending tour before finalizing the schedule for the inaugural season of Lanka Premier League 2020.
The two other occasions when the IPL was played outside of India was in 2009 (South Africa) and 2014 (UAE); both due to the general elections in India.