New Zealand Cricket (NZC) denied the report that it was offered to host this year’s Indian Premier League which is now postponed, calling the reports “speculation.”
Richard Boock, NZC spokesperson said the cricket board did not express its interest in hosting the IPL, which was scheduled to take place in March this year but was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Richard Boock told the media, “The report is simply speculation. We have not offered to host the IPL nor have we had an approach to do so.”
Boock’s comment comes days after a BCCI official said that New Zealand joined UAE and Sri Lanka in the race to stage this year’s IPL if it’s moved out from India.
The BCCI was awaiting the decision of the ICC on the men’s T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be held in October-November in Australia, but is likely to be postponed.
If the IPL is confirmed shifted out from India, then it will be the second such case. South Africa hosted the 2009 edition because of India’s general elections.