Due to the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak, the IPL 2020 has already been postponed. The future of this tournament is likely to be decided after the end of ongoing restrictions in mid-April.
IPL 2020 was originally scheduled from 29th March to 24th May 2020. However, coronavirus has forced the tournament to postpone till 15th April. Like many other countries, India is also facing the same trouble due to the coronavirus – the rising number of illness and deaths. The country has already suspended many visas till 15th April while the entire country is also facing the 21-day lockdown period till 14th April 2020. Both of these restrictions have been set to break the chain of this virus.
While the global situation hasn’t been controlled yet, both in the country as well as worldwide, the fate of the IPL 2020 is still unsure at the present moment. An official of an IPL franchise has recently clarified that the next decision about the IPL 2020 will be taken after observing the next step from the government. So, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to take any further official step for the IPL 2020 at least after 14th April.
The official told IANS, “We last met the BCCI officials at the HQ and after that the next meeting was called off as it was clear that a clarity from the government on the situation with regards to the pandemic is a must. Now that our 21-day lockdown comes to an end on April 14, we will get clarity on how things stand and if we will need any further steps in that direction to fight COVID-19. Once that clarity is got, we can all sit down and chalk out the road ahead. The owners will meet only after the fresh advisory comes.”
Franchises want foreign cricketers in IPL 2020
There is big speculation that the IPL 2020 can run without the presence of foreign cricketers. However, an official of a franchise has clarified on this as according to him, it will be the last option to carry on the tournament without foreigners.
The official claimed, “Why do you think the October-November window is being looked at? It is because we want a full IPL with foreign stars. Even if the international border lockdown stays for six months, the foreign players would be free to come down by then. Yes, every franchise is free to voice their opinion, but let me tell you that would be the last option as a lot of the grandeur that comes with the IPL will then be lost.”
The Indian Premier League (IPL) started in 2008. Since then, the tournament has been organised in every year till 2019 despite facing some tough challenges. However, the present challenge is likely tougher, which makes the IPL 2020 seriously doubtful at the present moment.