Additional cloud over IPL 2020 as India goes right into a lockdown


The 13th season of Indian Premier League faces additional uncertainty, perhaps even doable cancellation, as India entered right into a three-week lockdown beginning March 25 to fight the quickly spreading Coronavirus pandemic. IPL 2020, initially scheduled to start out on March 29, was however amid the nationwide lockdown, it’s turning into more and more troublesome for stakeholders of the IPL to chart an alternate plan.

Earlier than the lockdown was introduced on Tuesday (March 24) night by the Authorities of India, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly stated establishment had remained on the destiny of the season within the wake of the growing scenario. “I am unable to say something for the time being. We’re on the similar place the place we had been on the day we postponed. Nothing has modified within the final 10 days. So, I haven’t got a solution to it. Established order stays,” Ganguly stated.

Ganguly and representatives of the eight franchises had a teleconference final week and had been scheduled to get on-call once more on Tuesday – a gathering that was cancelled. No additional conferences are lined up simply but though BCCI can be pressured to reconvene given the shutdown will prolong until April 14 – a day earlier than the rescheduled begin date of the match.

One of many eight choices mentioned on the IPL Governing Council Assembly of March 14 was to increase the window of the match until late Might or early June. BCCI was open to calling different boards to debate the opportunity of a reworked itinerary however with international locations closing borders and imposing stringent journey restrictions, such a transfer, too, may show to be futile.

The opportunity of rescheduling the match altogether to later this 12 months is topic to battle with ICC’s Future Excursions Program, which may very well be pressured right into a re-jig of its personal. India tour Sri Lanka in June for a full sequence, additionally marks the beginning of the ODI Championships. India have a proposed sequence towards Zimbabwe in addition to the Asia Cup T20 in September – the ultimate leg of their build-up to the T20 World Cup in October.

Sporting occasions worldwide have been affected by the continuing pandemic. Soccer leagues in Europe, the NBA in USA have been suspended whereas the Tokyo Olympics has been pushed to 2021. All worldwide cricket has been both suspended or cancelled. England have pushed again the beginning of their season till at the very least Might 28. The BCCI itself was pressured to name off the sequence towards South Africa earlier this month, and the since then.

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