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Organising the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is being seen as a hugely complicated task in the midst of rising Covid-19 cases in the country. With India also set to host the T20 World Cup later this year, apprehensions over the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)'s ability to smoothly organise the tournament do exist.
Sourav Ganguly, the president of BCCI, who is the man in charge of organising these two mega-events in the country, downplayed the coronavirus threat in the country as he expressed confidence over his team's ability to organise the T20 World Cup in India.
In a letter sent to the presidents and secretaries of all the state associations while inviting them to Chennai for the IPL 2021 opener between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday, Ganguly expressed confidence in the resumption of 'normalcy' in the country soon.
"I am hopeful that in the coming season, we will be able to get back to normalcy and have the full domestic season and host the best-ever ICC T20 World Cup," Ganguly wrote in his letter, as quoted by the Times of India.
The start of the year saw the BCCI organising the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy but canceled the Ranji Trophy campaign. The Covid situation in the country currently remains at its worst, with an unprecedented number of fresh cases being recorded every single day.
Such a situation has forced the players to live in bio-bubbles for the past 6 months. Thanking the players for their determination and sacrifices, Ganguly hailed them for producing such high-quality cricket despite the challenges.
"All the international and domestic players deserve immense credit for staying in a bio-secure environment for such a long period of time and yet delivering such high quality and wonderful cricket," wrote Ganguly.
The success of the T20 World Cup would depend a lot on how efficiently the BCCI manages to conduct the 14th edition of IPL in the country this year.