CSK says no point in Indians only IPL, it will be like playing Mushtaq Ali

NEW DELHI: Chennai Super Kings have rejected the idea of an IPL with only Indian players in the near future, differing with Rajasthan Royals, the franchise which is keen on the option given the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IPL, which is indefinitely postponed, can be held in the September-October window if the scheduled T20 World Cup in Australia doesn’t take place.
“CSK is not keen to do an IPL with only Indian players. That way it would be playing another Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (domestic T20 competition). The franchise has not been in touch with the BCCI of late as the situation is worsening,” a CSK source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“Let’s hope we can have the IPL later this year,” he added.
CSK are three-time IPL champions, making them the second most successful team in the event’s history after Mumbai Indians, who have won the tournament four times.
The BCCI is also very keen to stage the IPL and if it doesn’t happen, the world’s richest board would be in financial trouble like Cricket Australia.
“The board will take a revenue hit of Rs 4000 crore if it doesn’t happen. The board will be in a big problem,” BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told PTI earlier this week. With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in India, the board and IPL team officials see little point in discussing when the event can be held.
“There has been no discussion with the BCCI ever since it postponed the IPL. There is no point in discussing also as things are unlikely to be okay anytime soon,” the CSK source said.
“We expect the BCCI to take the best possible decision when the time comes,” he added. For the IPL to happen with foreign players, travel restrictions, which are currently in place, will have to be eased.
There is an option of conducting the IPL outside India and Sri Lanka Cricket has even offered to host the biggest T20 league in the world

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