The news of Centre allowing stadiums to function in the fourth phase of lockdown came as oxygen to the BCCI. The board, experts, and fans already are hoping for the Indian Premier League to be held sometime later in the year.
BCCI wants to watch and plan.
In the directives of Lockdown 4.0, the Indian government said that sports complexes and stadiums would be permitted to open with any audience. “Sports complexes and stadiums will be permitted to open; however, spectators will not be allowed.” It will also allow athletes in Olympic sports to resume training while major sports officials will be able to start planning for their first step.
The ban on domestic and international flight stays for the time being. Hence the BCCI is being cautious and yet not looking beyond cricketers resuming training. The treasurer Arun Dhamal said, “We can’t be looking at staging any competition, let alone IPL, when inter-state travel is not permitted. Also international travel is restricted. But with stadiums being opened, we will now work out modalities with our state units as to which places players can train and when.”
CSK CEO needs more clarity
While the BCCI officials are confident of the T20 World Cup getting postponed which will open a window to host the Indian Premier League 2020 in October-November. The Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan welcomed the new directives issued by the government and would like to wait and watch further. “It’s a big positive (government order), (but) we will have to wait and see when people are allowed to come out. If you are not allowed to travel how will you play? That’s the most important thing. We still have restrictions in containment zones.”
He added that await for another week or 10 days might make things clearer. “They have opened the stadiums, now people (players, support staff, officials) have to come out. Players have to come and practice… we will have to see how it works out. Too early, let’s wait for a week or 10 days, we will know. First they will have to maintain the grounds; we don’t know in what shape the wickets and stadiums are. Within a week we will know what will happen.”