Coronavirus | BCCI postpones IPL indefinitely

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has formally knowledgeable the eight Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises that the 13th version of the T20 league has been “indefinitely postponed” as a consequence of COVID-19.

A day after the Government of India prolonged the lockdown throughout the nation until May 3, IPL chief working officer Hemang Amin known as every of the franchise homeowners and informed them that the match couldn’t be scheduled within the standard window (April-May).

“All of us were expecting it anyway, but today it was formalised. Hopefully, the fans can watch their favourite IPL teams in action at some point later this year,” a franchise govt informed The Hindu on Wednesday.

Conference name

It was reported in these columns on Monday that the BCCI was set to indefinitely defer IPL-2020 after a convention name between the office-bearers. That con-call was ultimately held on Tuesday, hours after the Prime Minister’s choice to proceed the lockdown.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, treasurer Arun Dhumal, IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel and Amin determined that there was no method the IPL could possibly be held earlier than the scenario eases.

According to the BCCI executives, an official announcement was “expected soon” from the secretary. The assertion hadn’t been issued on the time of writing.

This would be the first time since its inception in 2008 that the T20 extravaganza won’t be performed throughout India’s summer time. All the 12 editions have been performed between March and May. This 12 months’s match was initially slated to be held from March 29 to May 24.

With COVID-19 circumstances on the rise, the BCCI, on March 13, had suspended the IPL until April 15. Once the India went into lockdown and plenty of different nations shut down their airspace, it was clear that even a truncated IPL in May wouldn’t be potential.

Though the BCCI hopes that it may squeeze within the IPL later this 12 months — both a shortened or a full match in case the T20 World Cup, scheduled for October-November in Australia, will get postponed — it’s untimely to debate the feasibility.

“Like all things in the world, the cricket calendar will also be revised when things become normal. All we can do is to wait and keep our fingers crossed,” mentioned one other franchise govt.

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