Amid the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic when the whole world has come to a standstill, the IPL league which was scheduled to begin from March 29 has been suspended until 15th April, as India underwent a nationwide lockdown which was further extended till 3 May. Looking at the ongoing Pandemic situation the BCCI has announced the postponement of IPL indefinitely till the further notice of the government.
The Indian Cricket Board believes that it can find a safe alternative to conducting the cash-rich IPL league later this year. Looking at the extension of the ongoing lockdown until May 3 and the restrictions and difficulty in travel a second postponement of the IPL league is unavoidable. With health concerns and lockdown measures in mind, the IPL Governing Council has decided to suspend the 2020 IPL league until further notice of the Government, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in an official statement issued by the BCCI body.
“The health and safety of our nation and everyone who is the part of our great sport is our utmost priority”, Jay Shah said.
The BCCI along with the franchise owners, broadcaster, sponsors and all the stakeholders acknowledged and said that the IPL 2020 will start when the situation is under control when it is safe and appropriate to conduct the cash-rich league. The confirmation about the postponement of IPL came a day after the key franchise holders told to media that the IPL league had been indefinitely postponed.
“The BCCI will monitor the current situation and then the decision about the new dates to host IPL 2020 along with the partnership of its stakeholders would be taken ”, Jay Shah added.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has jumped to 12,380 including 414 deaths till Thursday. Looking at the current situation in India, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board has offered to host the eight-team IPL tournament.
“It looks like Sri Lanka will get rid of the COVID-19 Pandemic before India”, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board President Shammi Silva told Reuters in Colombo. “If this will be the condition then we can host the tournament here at Sri-Lanka. We will be writing about this proposal soon to the Indian cricket Board”, he added.
Indian Media has speculated that there are chances for conducting IPL in September-October, before the start of the Twenty 20 World Cup this year in Australia. This uncertainty is a big loss for the franchise holders & the 62 cricketers who are bought for 18.34 million at the player’s auction in December last year.
Let’s hope that the situation gets improved and we can host the wealthiest league right in our own country.