The outbreak of the pandemic coronavirus had a toll on all the sporting activities across the globe including the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had to postpone the league until April 15 which was scheduled to commence from March 29. But going by the current situation, it is highly unlikely to start the tournament in April.
There has been a lot of speculations that have have been going around on the future of IPL 2020. While reports suggested that BCCI is pondering to call it off, some section of the media claimed that the governing body can host the tournament at some point later in the year ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020.
Recently, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly admitted that there have been no developments since it was postponed until April 14 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, with a complete lockdown prevailing in the country, it is unlikely that they will come up with a decision before April 14, a BCCI official said to Sportstar.
“We last met the BCCI officials at the HQ and after that, the next meeting was called off as it was clear that clarity from the government on the situation with regards to the pandemic is a must. Now that our 21-day lockdown comes to an end on April 14, we will get clarity on how things stand and if we will need any further steps in that direction to fight COVID-19.
Once that clarity is got, we can all sit down and chalk out the road ahead. The owners will meet only after the fresh advisory comes,” the official said.
Furthermore, the official stated that there is a possibility of IPL taking place in October-November. However, with the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 scheduled to commence from October 18, things are still not clear how BCCI will host the tournament later this year.