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IPL this summer looks like a distant dream

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced a 21-day full lockdown throughout the nation to curb the unfold of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, an April 15 begin for the Indian Premier League (IPL) now, appears unimaginable.

The event, initially scheduled to start on March 29, was suspended till mid-April by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). But now, with the lockdown extending till not less than April 14, it additional dents hopes. In truth, it now looks evident that the event might be shifted to a later date — if doable round September this yr, or subsequent yr.

Even although the BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly advised Sportstar on Tuesday that a determination is but to be taken, he additionally admitted that the Board hasn’t spoken to the franchises but. “What changes have you seen in the last one week? Nothing! We have not spoken to any of the franchises yet,” Ganguly mentioned.

On March 14, the BCCI prime brass had a assembly with the homeowners of all of the eight franchises, they usually got seven to eight choices. “We will monitor the situation every week and then decide accordingly.” Ganguly had mentioned after the assembly.

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With the state of affairs worsening over time, the franchise bosses have nearly accepted the truth that it’s extremely unlikely to have have a event this summer.

“Save life and not think about IPL — that should be our goal now. In the present scenario, it is inhuman to even think of an IPL now. So, we should ideally postpone the tournament now for at least a few months. We need to act sensibly,” Kings XI Punjab co-owner, Ness Wadia advised this publication.

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 Earlier, the franchises had been considering that even a curtailed event might be thought of. But now, even that doesn’t look like a possible possibility. “IPL is an international tournament and we need to act sensibly and set an example for the world,” Wadia mentioned.

A piece of the BCCI officers additionally agreed that with the extra restrictions by the well being ministry in place, the IPL ‘has to be called off’. Overseas gamers, too, gained’t be obtainable.

“At this point of time, an IPL looks out of the question. The visa restrictions are already in effect, and now with the lockdown, there could be stricter actions. These are unexpected situations and we will have to deal with it,” one of many IPL franchise homeowners, who has been related to the event since its inception in 2008, mentioned. “Who would have thought that the Tokyo Olympics will be postponed? That happened. So, these are unavoidable circumstances…”

Another main issue is the IPL can’t lengthen its window past May 31. Even although the BCCI officers had earlier hoped they might have the ability to persuade a number of the abroad boards to think about the extension of the window until not less than June 7, now that’s out of query.

“The England cricket season has been pushed back. It’s similar with most of the other units. And then there’s FTP, so the extension of window is not possible.”

Even Board chief Ganguly mentioned they haven’t spoken to any of the associations but. “Given the situation, nobody is in a position to say anything,” he mentioned. Even the Board determined to name off a convention name with the franchises, which was scheduled on Tuesday.

The indications aren’t fairly shiny, and except there may be a main enchancment within the state of affairs, IPL looks extremely unlikely, not less than in the intervening time.

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