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Staging of IPL-13 remains in the realm of uncertainty due to COVID-19 pandemic

Last updated on March 24, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading throughout the nation, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has indefinitely deferred a evaluate assembly to discover the risk 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 gathering with franchise homeowners in Mumbai on March 14, which was adopted by the IPL governing council assembly.

BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly, whereas indicating that “a curtailed IPL” was the solely choice, had talked about that the subsequent evaluate assembly can be on March 24.

Brijesh Patel, chairman, IPL governing council, instructed The Hindu on Monday that “no meeting is scheduled” for Tuesday since there’s “not much to discuss about IPL” at the second.

A franchise govt admitted that the “IPL is the last thing on everyone’s mind” with the coronavirus disaster getting worsen.

Good as gone?

Despite the BCCI hoping towards hope about staging the IPL in some type earlier than the window, that may be stretched to May 31, ends Board and franchise sources indicated that the risk of the event taking off this 12 months was distant.

The resolution on calling off the season is unlikely to be taken any time earlier than the second week of April.

At the second, the States the place the franchises are based mostly — Delhi, Punjab, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Tamil Nadu — are below partial or full lockdown. With the quantity of instances rising, the state of affairs seems grim.

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

Plight of abroad gamers

Even if the pandemic is curbed at its present Stage-2 degree, it will be unlikely that abroad cricketers will take part in the IPL as a result of their nations are additionally in a disaster as a result of of COVID-19.

It can be extraordinarily tough for them to get a clearance to journey in the subsequent two months.

In truth, Australia’s Olympic federation has formally introduced it will skip the Tokyo Olympics except it’s postponed from July when it’s scheduled to begin.

It can be shocking if the Australians, the greatest contingent in the IPL after the Indians, are half of this version.

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