IPL 2020 tournament is likely to be canceled due to the COVID-19 issues.
The final decision is yet to be made official by the Indian cricket board but it’s certain now that the Indian Premier League will not happen this year due to the rising cases of coronavirus in India.
It will be no doubt that the pandemic may ruin every sport in India. Furthermore, even the cricket betting in India is postponed these days, so the pundits should wait before placing their wagers on games again.
The Indian board is waiting for an announcement from the Indian government and sports ministry on visas before it makes the news official over social media. The BCCI will officially address the issue with the IPL franchises owners after April 15, when the countrywide lockdown from the central government is going to end.
However, the Indian government has already suspended all foreign visas until April 15 due to amid coronavirus outbreak. The BCCI is also set to suspend the National Cricket Academy zonal camp which was scheduled to take place across the country during the summer.
“IPL will not be going to held this year. It will now appear next year. We all know how the situation is at the moment in the country and no one will take any risk at any cost with the lives of peoples. One can’t have social distancing in the stadium with the crowds. It's a superior choice to play IPL next year. Additionally, no super closeout will occur. We will educate the franchises owners once we get last affirmation from the Indian government, a similar season will be going to proceeded next season," a source in the
IPL organization informed the press.
On March 14, the BCCI committee had a meeting with all IPL franchises owners to discuss coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the upcoming season. Indian board president Sourav Ganguly is still hoping to broaden IPL while the establishments felt that the board can even now do it as they did in 2009 in South Africa when the competition ran only for only 37 days.
“We will monitor further. Safety is the most important case we have in our minds… as much as we want to host IPL, we also need to be careful about security about the crowds,” Ganguly had said then. However, the situation is getting different day by day with India approaching 1000 positive cases. With the Tokyo Olympics which has already postponed and will be going to be held next year in July. As many sporting events around the world are called off now, the Indian board doesn’t want to take any risks of lives by playing cricket.
“The BCCI along with all the IPL franchises owners have recapitulated BCCI’s stand of putting the safety first and well-being of fans, athletes, and employees as an important priority. The board will continue to monitor and work together with the Government of India, state governments and other states regulatory committees to decide on the future course of action in the best interest of public health first,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah had said in a press statement.
Humanity comes first, everything else comes after that. The situation has not improved as far as now, so there is no point in even talking about it. If IPL doesn’t happen so let be it,” Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia had told Press.