While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still hopeful about the IPL 2020, the major question is whether the foreign players will be present or not. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) co-owner Ness Wadia has clarified that the IPL can’t run without the foreign players.
The IPL 2020 was set to follow the same window of the previous IPL seasons as it was scheduled between 29th March and 24th May 2020. But the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has forced to postpone this tournament and the BCCI is still clueless about the fate of this tournament. If the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 gets postponed, which Australia will host from 18th October to 15th November 2020, the BCCI can utilise this window for the IPL 2020.
Talking about the IPL tournament, Ness Wadia has opened up the importance of the foreign players in this tournament.
Wadia told PTI, “IPL is an international tournament made by Indians. It is the premier cricketing event in the world; therefore, it needs an international platform and international stars.”
However, Wadia also pointed out that the travel restriction could be an issue in the availability of the foreign players in the forthcoming IPL.
He continued, “But it remains to be seen which of the foreign players are allowed to travel at that time (considering the restrictions). I feel there are too many variables for the BCCI at the moment to even have a calculated guess on when it might happen. What if tomorrow the cases keep rising, what happens then? It would be unwise to think of anything other than Covid-19 for the moment.”
I am sure the Indian audience will happy to see the IPL after what we have been through – Ness Wadia
As the coronavirus is still dominating, Wadia feels that they have to focus to deal with the current situation. He is still confident about the IPL 2020, especially when the European football leagues are resuming slowly.
Wadia claimed, “The most important thing for all of us is to deal with the current situation. It could last another month or two, may be more. Once the virus diminishes, then we can have more clarity on when the IPL can be held and where it can be held.
“I am sure the Indian audience will happy to see the IPL after what we have been through. Football in Germany has already started and EPL is starting soon but they have already peaked while we have not. I see the possibility of IPL happening but it is all about combatting the virus for the next two months at least.”
Talking about the foreign players in the IPL 2020, the franchises have mixed reviews. While the inaugural IPL winners Rajasthan Royals (RR) has proposed to organise the IPL 2020 only with the Indian players, the three-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) hasn’t supported this idea.