IPL Cancellation on Cards After Lockdown and Olympic Postponement

Ruben Hill
March 27, 2020

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has chose to "wait and watch" how the current situation amid coronavirus crisis evolves and will accordingly take action regarding the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a BCCI source told ANI on Wednesday.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that IPL 2020 has been postponed till April 15, 2020, at the very least.

Since then, the situation has only worsened. If we get the necessary permissions, we will have to stick to a place like Maharashtra where we have three stadiums in Mumbai and a stadium in Pune.

"Never thought would see my city like this. stay safe. this will change soon for the better ...love and affection to all...", Ganguly posted on his Twitter page alongside images of deserted roads.

While the question mark remains over the IPL, the COVID-19 virus has also led to the delay in appointment of India's senior women selectors and junior selectors. "There is no clarity", Ganguly told Sportstar from Kolkata on Tuesday.

Kings XI Punjab owner Ness Wadia was more forthright.

"The BCCI should really consider postponing the IPL now". Anything that is need of the hour, we will do it. Contemplation of IPL is inhuman right now.

"It will be premature to say anything but hosting the IPL this year looks a bit hard", a top franchise official told Hindustan Times. "Given the situation, nobody is in a position to say anything". "Will the (foreign players) be even allowed to enter the country?" he asked. It seems the BCCI is deferring the announcement hoping against hope for things to improve. It is becoming increasingly hard to organise.

Currently, each stakeholder is discussing ways to limit the financial damage with insurance companies as well as broadcasters.

"With 21 day lockdown, it is virtually impossible that things will return to normalcy by April 14".

A BCCI official said on Monday that while it is very hard to predict the fate of the IPL this year at present, the board can still conduct the league taking a cue from the pattern that was followed when the tournament was taken out to South Africa.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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