While the future of IPL 2020 is still unsure, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has pointed out why the tournament should happen. The 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) was initially scheduled from 29th March to 24th May 2020. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed this tournament till mid-April due to the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak.
However, the current situation is forcing to extend the time of postponement.
Like many other countries, India is also fighting against coronavirus. Now, many affected countries are going through the lockdown process to break the chain of this virus. India is also fighting in the same way. However, still many countries, including India, are struggling to stop the rising approach of the coronavirus cases along with death reports.
While many sports events in the world have already faced the extended postponement, the IPL 2020 is also getting ready to face a similar fate. However, the BCCI is desperate to organise the IPL 2020 at any cost, even a shortened tournament in the late of this year.
There are a lot of people who are making their livelihood through the IPL: Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar also believes that the IPL 2020 should happen when all the authorities provide clearances after controlling the present crisis condition. Talking about the importance of this tournament, Manjrekar pointed out the people who are hugely depended on this league, rather than the only mentioning the future of the cricketers.
Manjrekar said during a show on Star Sports, “The moment we get clearances from all the authorities that matter, the IPL should happen, only because it will kick start the economy because when you talk about the IPL it’s not just about the Mumbai Indians, or a Dhoni or a Virat Kohli, there are a lot of people who are making their livelihood through the IPL.”
The next fate of IPL 2020 is likely to be decided after understanding the government policy, which will be in effect from mid-April.