New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has apparently denied the reports of offering to host the Indian Premier League, which has been indefinitely postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, terming the reports as “speculation”.
New Zealand Cricket spokesperson Richard Boock said the cricket board has not expressed any sort of interest in hosting the tournament, which was to be held in March.
“The report is simply speculation. We have not offered to host the IPL nor have we had an approach to do so,” NZC spokesperson Boock was quoted as saying by Radio New Zealand.
Boock’s statement came out after the BCCI official stated New Zealand, along with the UAE and Sri Lanka have shown their interest in hosting the IPL, if it needs to be shifted outside India due to the ongoing pandemic.
The BCCI is hoping to host the cash-rich tournament in September-November window in place of the T20 World Cup in Australia, which is certain to be postponed, looking at the growing cases due to the deadly virus.
If the IPL is taken outside the country, it will be second such instance. The 2009 edition was hosted by South Africa because of the general elections in India.
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