The IPL 2020 edition has been deferred for the indefinite time period due to coronavirus pandemic. Because of the COVID-19 scare globally, the Indian cricket board has decided to suspend the edition until further notice.
On Wednesday Hemang Amin, the IPL’s chief operating officer informed all the eight franchises about the call taken by the BCCI. He told that, following the extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 3 by the Indian government, the chanced of hosting the event in the summer window was not possible anymore. “Yes, the BCCI has intimated us that IPL has been postponed for the time being but they are hopeful of finding a window later this year as and when things normalise,” a veteran franchise official was quoted as saying by PTI.
The 13th edition of the league which was set to be held during regular months between March 29 and May 24 originally. The increases cases of the COVID-19 in India had forced the board to defer it initially to April 15. Meanwhile, the government called for a nationwide lockdown, first till April 14 which was then extended to May 3. So clearly the possibility of starting the league in this situation is nil. But the BCCI did not mention any new window for the tournament yet. The decision was taken after a top brass board meeting on Tuesday evening. the board president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel, the BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal, and IPL chief operating officer Hemang Amin were present in the meeting.
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The situation further
The board was hopeful about managing the league in the month of May-June. There were also talks of staging the matches behind closed doors in limited venues. Between July and September, the board might conduct the league and the league could be taken to the abroad, according to some reports. On the other hand, a lot of speculations suggested that the Indian Premier League in all possibility would be held in the month of October in case the T20 World Cup gets postponed. But all these are mere speculations until the BCCI takes a call.
In case the league gets cancelled, it will be a huge loss for everyone associated to it globally. the players will not receive money before the tournament takes place. The franchises will face a massive loss too as they heavily depend on the IPL’s commercial revenue.