IPL 2020 postponed
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to postponed IPL 2020 till 15 April 2020 as a precaution against the current Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) status.
The decision comes after the Delhi government decided to impose ‘Delhi ban’ on the tournament in view of the threat of coronavirus virus. Earlier, the Maharashtra government had said that they would allow matches behind closed doors in Mumbai means people can not enter in stadium.
The BCCI is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and is taking all necessary steps to ensure that everyone, including the fans, is concerned about the IPL with a safe cricketing experience.
The BCCI will work closely with the Government of India in this regard along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and all other concerned Central and State Government Departments.
On Wednesday, the Indian government canceled all visas, except for certain official categories, by 15 April. Soon after that decision, it was reported that not all foreign players would be able to join the league until 15 April. The BCCI is scheduled to meet the owners of the IPL franchise before the start of the IPL Governing Council meeting.
With the IPL being played in a window provided by the International Cricket Council, it will be interesting to see how the BCCI plans its next move. If the board decides to go ahead with a full tournament it will have to host a double header. A smaller tournament with a changed format is also discussed.