The BCCI had made an announcement of the postponement of IPL 2020 to an indefinite period due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the decision of conducting IPL 2020 in September-October window will be taken on monitoring the global situation.
The IPL 2020 which was scheduled to commence on March 29 was postponed till April 15th but with the extension of the ongoing lockdown till May 3, the cricket board has postponed the wealthiest Premier League until further notice of the Government. The prediction of conducting IPL in the September October frame has not been discussed yet by the BCCI, the BCCI body will take a call on conducting IPL in September-October duration after monitoring the global situation.
BCCI took this decision just a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the extension of the lockdown which is in place since March 24. On Tuesday after taking the decision the BCCI has informed all the eight franchise holders about the postponement of the IPL league.
Speaking about the same, “Yes the BCCI has informed us that the IPL has been postponed looking at the current situation but they are hopeful to conduct the cash-rich league later this year when hopefully the things get normalize”, a franchise holder told the media on the conditions of anonymity. While the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly earlier ruled out the chances of holding the IPL later this year.
“You can’t plan and say anything the FTP is scheduled. It’s there and you can’t change the FTP. All around the world, cricket, and more sports have stopped and canceled for this year, Sourav Ganguly said.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic major sporting events across the globe have been canceled or postponed including the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to be held in July this year has been postponed for a year. Wimbledon has been canceled while the French Open has been postponed till later this year. The Coronavirus Pandemic has also raised clouds of doubt on the T20 World Cup which was scheduled to start in October in Australia.
The novel COVID-19 has infected almost 11000 people in India claiming about 377 lives. The BCCI has contributed Rs 51 crore to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in emergency Situations Fund to help the Government in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.