The cash-rich Indian Premier League’s 13th version on Saturday headed in the direction of an indefinite postponement because the nation braced for a lockdown extension to comprise the COVID-19 pandemic. The BCCI has been ready for an official announcement from the centre, however with the chief ministers of assorted states making it clear that one other extension is on the playing cards, India’s richest sports activities physique is left with no choice however to postpone it additional.
The variety of confirmed novel coronavirus circumstances within the nation has crossed 8000 with 259 fatalities to date.
Nonetheless, it remained unclear whether or not the board will formally announce the postponement earlier than April 15, the date until which the occasion was pushed again final month.
“Three states Punjab, Maharashtra and Karnataka have already mentioned that they’re extending lockdown. It’s implied that IPL cannot occur in the meanwhile. However it can definitely not be cancelled. It is going to be postponed indefinitely,” a BCCI official instructed PTI on the situation of anonymity.
The IPL was initially scheduled to be held between March 29 and Might 24, however was postponed initially until April 15 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
“We won’t cancel IPL because it means losses to the tune of Rs 3000 crore. The BCCI will work with all stakeholders to discover a answer however for that normalcy must return. It isn’t doable for BCCI bigwigs to commit that IPL can occur at which explicit slot,” he added.
As of now, there are two choices — organising it in September and early October earlier than the World T20 in Australia or internet hosting it on the expense of the World T20 if the ICC, Cricket Australia and different stakeholders agree.
“There are lot of ifs and buts for the time being. You possibly can solely have a significant dialogue when issues normalise. Until then, nothing will be mentioned.