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COVID-19: IPL review meeting indefinitely deferred by BCCI


With COVID-19 pandemic spreading all around the nation, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has indefinitely deferred a review meeting to discover the potential of staging the 13th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

A day after suspending IPL-2020 until April 15, the BCCI office-bearers had a meeting with franchise homeowners in Mumbai on March 14, which was adopted by the IPL governing council meeting. BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly whereas indicating that “a curtailed IPL” was the one possibility on the desk had instructed reporters that the following review meeting shall be scheduled on March 24.

IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel on Monday instructed Sportstar that “no meeting is scheduled” for Tuesday since there’s “not much to discuss about IPL” for the time being, with COVID-19 rising as a world disaster.

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A franchise government admitted that “IPL is the last thing on everyone’s mind” with the coronavirus disaster worsening each passing hour.

Despite BCCI hoping towards hope for staging IPL in some type or form earlier than the window that may be stretched to May 31 as towards the sooner scheduled ultimate on May 24, BCCI and franchise sources indicated that the potential of the event getting off to a begin this yr is pretty much as good as over. But the decision on calling the season off is unlikely to be taken any time earlier than April second week.

As of now, all of the eight states of IPL franchises – Delhi, Punjab, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Tamil Nadu – are below partial or full lockdown. And with the variety of constructive circumstances prone to surge within the coming week, state of affairs seems grim, on the whole not to mention for IPL.

Just like China, authorities are understood to have been exploring the potential of changing sports activities stadia into quarantine wards if variety of sufferers preserve escalating.

Even if the pandemic is curbed at its current Stage 2 degree, it might be unlikely that abroad cricketers will take part within the IPL. All the nations which have gamers signed for IPL are going through the COVID-19 wrath.

As a outcome, it might be extraordinarily tough for abroad cricketers to get the clearance to journey out of their respective nation within the subsequent two months.

In reality, Australia’s Olympic federation has formally introduced it would skip Olympics in Tokyo until it’s postponed from its scheduled begin in July. It could be stunning if the Australian cricketers – the biggest chunk in IPL after Indians – could be part of IPL.

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