While the Indian government has extended the lockdown period till 3rd May 2020 amid coronavirus outbreak, the fate of IPL 2020 is doubtful. However, an IPL franchise official has confirmed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed them for the further postponement of IPL 2020 as the board is still hopeful about this tournament.
After taking a long time, the BCCI announced the schedule of the 13th edition of Indian Premier League or IPL 2020 as it would begin on 29th March 2020 and run till 24th May 2020. But as the COVID-19 or coronavirus has spread globally, including in India, all the events have been postponed in the country, including the IPL 13.
As the government initially suspended most of the visas till 15th April and also suspended all the public events, the BCCI initially decided to postpone the IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020. Later, the government announced the 21-day lockdown period which had to run till 14th April 2020. But while the situation hasn’t been controlled yet, the government has decided to extend the lockdown period till 3rd May 2020.
BCCI is hopeful of finding a window later this year for the IPL 2020
As the government has extended the lockdown period, there is no doubt about the extension of the IPL 2020 postponement. While there was some thought about the cancellation of the upcoming IPL tournament, the BCCI is still hopeful about the tournament in future of this year.
An experienced franchise official has confirmed that the BCCI has informed them to extend the postponement of IPL 2020 indefinitely. He also claimed that the board was hopeful of finding a window in the near future of this year for the IPL.
The official told PTI, “Yes, the BCCI has intimated us that IPL has been postponed for the time being but they are hopeful of finding a window later this year as and when things normalize.”
However, many believe that even the IPL 2020 is possible in the near future, but it is likely to be played at empty stadiums.