The start of the 13th IPL has been suspended from March 29 to April 15 with India currently registering 114 positive cases and two deaths for COVID-19.
No headway was made during Monday’s teleconference by the eight IPL franchise owners as the situation in the past 48 hours has not changed much in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country as well globally. The start of the 13th IPL has been suspended from March 29 to April 15 with India currently registering 114 positive cases and two deaths for COVID-19. All foreign visas have been put on hold till April 15 while BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has hinted that a “truncated IPL” could be a possibility with a minimum 17 days already lost.
“Nothing concrete was discussed in today’s meeting (con-call). It was just a follow-up meeting. The situation has not changed in 48 hours, so talking about hosting the IPL is still pre-mature,” an IPL franchise owner told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“We have to wait and watch. We will keep doing these con calls on a weekly basis to take stock of the situation,” he said.
Among the six to seven options that are there in case the situation improves by April 15, one is dividing the teams into two groups with the top four qualifyings for the knock-outs.
Also, there are suggestions for increasing the number of doubleheaders in a curtailed time or having matches at three or four centres in order to limit travel.
The possibility of having the matches in empty stands also remains open for the BCCI.
Let’s see in the course of time what decision the BCCI will take and whether IPL will be commenced after 15th April behind closed doors or BCCI will adopt other options, it’s still not cleared! We can say that in this current situation, ‘Patience is fruitful’, is what we can hope for the future!