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While Pakistan didn’t react on a positive way regarding the cancellation of ICC T20 World Cup and stage the 2020 IPL, legendary Zaheer Abbas has supported the move by the BCCI, saying that boards are desperate to host such leagues to make some money amid this crunch time of coronavirus outbreak across the globe.
However, not only IPL but the CPL is also going to take place behind closed doors at two venues in Trinidad and Tobago, from August. Moreover, BCCI would have lost $500 million if the IPL wouldn’t take place.
"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.
"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," added 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," he concluded.
The 13th edition of Indian Premier League earlier scheduled to take place in March but it got postponed due to the global pandemic novel coronavirus outbreak. With the cancellation of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the BCCI has decided to host the cash-rich league in the UAE from September 19 to November 8.