BCCI ‘postpones’ IPL again until further notice – Times of India


MUMBAI: The Indian cricket board has determined to postpone the Indian Premier League (IPL) until further notice. An official announcement on the identical will be anticipated from the BCCI anytime quickly.

Contrary to media stories on Tuesday that the IPL has been “indefinitely postponed,” the BCCI, on Wednesday, spoke to all eight franchises and different vital stakeholders of the league, apprised them of the prevailing circumstances and conveyed that “given the state of affairs, there is no such thing as a selection however to postpone the IPL further. Further discussions will happen as soon as the menace of Covid-19 subsides”.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, treasurer Arun Thakur, IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel and senior Board staff who look into the affairs of the league yearly held a convention name on Tuesday following which it was determined to convey to franchises of the discussions that ensued.
The Board, on Wednesday, individually contacted all of the franchises and knowledgeable them that within the given state of affairs – with Covid-19 not exhibiting any indicators of subsiding – “the IPL is being shelved for the time being”.

No phrase by any means has been conveyed to any of the franchises but of the “IPL being indefinitely postponed”.

“I don’t perceive the place the media will get tales from. What does ‘indefinitely postponed’ even imply? It’s an annual league so that you’re not suspending it until April 2021 anyway, proper? Right now, the decision has been made solely as a result of the window that’s reserved for IPL yearly has run its course and the league received’t be performed in that window (between April and May). It was extra of an compulsory name, identical to the ‘Force Majeure” letter that your newspaper (TOI) reported was an compulsory letter,” nicely positioned sources within the know mentioned on Wednesday.

The BCCI has a ‘Plan B’ in place for the league – one which TOI had reported in March. If any cricket has to happen in 2020, forward of India’s tour of Australia in December, the IPL will take priority over anything, together with the ICC T20 World Cup.

“But proper now, it’s not the proper time to speak about ‘Plan B’. The vital factor proper now could be to speak about ‘Plan A’. ‘Plan A’ is to remain protected, keep quarantined, hearken to what authorities authorities are saying, identical to every other citizen of the nation. Once this virus menace subsides any bit, and if it’s not too late within the yr already (previous October-November), we will discuss ‘Plan B’,” sources added.

The identical was conveyed to the franchises on Wednesday, with senior BCCI officers as soon as again reiterating that ‘indefinite postponement’ is a fallacious time period to make use of altogether.

“Right now, there’s no space to discuss IPL. Does that mean we shouldn’t be prepared for a future scenario? It’ll be silly if we don’t work on it and be prepared. Does that mean we’re jumping the gun? No. Every business globally would be working on future repercussions. Cricket too is business,” say these within the know.

TOI had reported earlier that ought to the menace of the virus subside, the IPL will happen even when it needs to be on the value of the T20 World Cup scheduled in October-November. The September-October window that’s being eyed, as of now, to host the IPL, nonetheless stands.

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