The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) or IPL 2020 has already been postponed in the wake of COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak. But while the situation hasn’t been controlled yet in the country, the IPL 2020 is unlikely to be held this year.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak worldwide, many top sporting events have already been cancelled or postponed. The cricket world has also been affected in this situation.
The IPL 2020 was initially scheduled to run from 29th March to 24th May 2020. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to postpone the IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Well, during that initial period, the government suspended most of the visas till 15th April 2020, which affected the availability of the overseas cricketers in the IPL 2020. Also, the government only permitted to organise the unavoidable events behind closed doors.
But the present situation of the country is more troublesome as the country is now going through the lockdown period till 14th April 2020. While more than 11,00 coronavirus cases have been reported in the country, more than 25 deaths have also been reported. Like many other countries, the coronavirus cases are also increasing in India daily basis.
Observing the present situation, the BCCI is now reportedly thinking to cancel the IPL 2020. According to a recent report of The Indian Express, the IPL tournament is now likely to be held in the next year. The report has also added that the BCCI is now just waiting for the next announcement from the Indian government and sports ministry.
A source claimed, “IPL will not happen this year. It will now happen next year. We all know how the situation is at the moment in the country and no one will take any risk. One can’t have social distancing in the stadium. It is better to play IPL next year.”
No mega auction will take place for the next season due to the cancellation of IPL 2020
According to the initial planning, 2021 IPL Auction would be bigger due to the three-year contract period between the regular players and their respective franchise would end this year. But due to the absence of IPL 2020, the mega auction will unlikely happen before the IPL 2021.
The source added, “Also, no mega auction will take place. We will inform the franchises once we get final confirmation from the Indian government, the same season can continue next season.”
The BCCI will suffer a massive loss if the IPL 2020 gets cancelled.