BCCI defers decision on IPL 2020

At a time when the nation braces for an prolonged lockdown, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is but to take a name on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

While the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had earlier indicated {that a} decision may very well be seemingly on Monday after a ‘discussion with the office bearers’, Sportstar understands that no assembly was held on Monday.

Board’s joint secretary, Jayesh George, too, confirmed to this publication that there was no convention name to debate the way forward for the event. It is believed that they’re prone to take a ultimate name on the postponement after Prime Minister’s handle to the nation on Tuesday.

“At a time when the country has come to a standstill, there is no clarity. So, the franchises were also apprised of the situation,” one of many officers stated.

While the Board is exploring ‘various options’ in a bid to seek out out an alternate window later this 12 months to host the event, there is no such thing as a readability on the feasibility of such a proposal. “We have no idea when things will come back to normal again. So, it is too early to predict when will we have the IPL this year. The Board has told us that it’s looking into all the options and would let us know in due course of time,” one of many franchise house owners advised this publication.

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There are efforts to discover a slot round September-October, simply earlier than the T20 World Cup. But with no readability on journey pointers and availability of gamers, even that appears like a uncertain possibility. “Whether we will have an IPL or not depends on how the next couple of months pan out. At this point of time, it is premature and also insensitive to talk about a possible date. We will have to wait and watch,” one of many franchise executives stated.

Speaking to PTI, Board’s treasurer Arun Dhumal acknowledged: “Right now, the picture is very hazy. We don’t even know when the lockdown will end and if we don’t know, how can we even have a meaningful discussion. Once we get a clarity from the government, we can then sit and take fresh stock of the situation. Any speculation about its future will be premature.”

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If the IPL is ultimately cancelled, there may very well be a doable lack of Rs 3000 crore. While that could be a main concern, the Board officers, franchises and the host broadcaster hope to succeed in a ‘common point’ over the subsequent few months to determine on its future.

Despite repeated makes an attempt, Ganguly wasn’t accessible for a remark on the time of publishing this story.

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