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IPL 2020: Pakistan Legend Backs BCCI Decision to Stage IPL After Cancellation of T20 World Cup

While there haven't been positive reactions from Pakistan regarding the cancellation of T20 World Cup for IPL, legendary Zaheer Abbas has come forward and backed the move, saying boards are desperate to host such leagues to make money in testing times of coronavirus.

Cricketnext Staff |July 31, 2020, 11:06 PM IST
IPL 2020: Pakistan Legend Backs BCCI Decision to Stage IPL After Cancellation of T20 World Cup

While there haven't been positive reactions from Pakistan regarding the cancellation of T20 World Cup for IPL, legendary Zaheer Abbas has come forward and backed the move, saying boards are desperate to host such leagues to make money in testing times of coronavirus.

In fact IPL is not the only league that's going to take place, the CPL too would be played behind closed doors at two venues in Trinidad and Tobago, from August.

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Interestingly, had the IPL been cancelled, the BCCI would have lost $500 million.

"Every country likes to play T20 matches to make money. Every country, you know, I am not talking only about India, but all of us because there is so much money involved in these tournaments these days," Abbas told the Khaleej Times over the phone from London on Friday.

He went to talk about the commitments of the boards towards sponsors and broadcasters.

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"They (the cricket boards) have so much commitments which they have to fulfil. As you know, the teams coming from the West Indies and Pakistan to England for the Test series, they were in quarantine for some time and they (the West Indies and England) played without a crowd," said Abbas.

"So that's why I am saying that even in the current scenario, every cricket-playing country would like to make some money. For that matter, all the cricket playing countries have to help each other."

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