On Sunday, Government of India extended the country-wide lockdown with some eased restrictions. In its try to bring lives back on the track, Government also allowed some outdoor activities with time limitations imposed. The Home ministry also provided a major relief to sports community by allowing the re-opening of sports stadiums.
“Sports complexes and stadia will be permitted to open; however, spectators will not be allowed,” stated the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in the official statement.
With Indian Government slowly easing the lockdown restrictions, BCCI is also looking to resume the cricket action steadily. IPL 2020 will be high on the agenda of BCCI as soon as the condition gets back to normal. The marquee tournament which was all set to get rolling from 29th March has been now postponed indefinitely amid the COVID-19 attack.
BCCI treasurer, Arun Dhumal, however, made it clear that the BCCI is not giving even a single thought to the IPL at the moment because of the restrictions imposed on international and domestic travel. Dhamal also emphasised that BCCI will only plan after reading all the guidelines from state governments also.
“The IPL at the moment is not possible because travel restrictions are still there. So, how can you have the IPL without any travel happening? We are studying these guidelines and will study state governments’ guidelines also. Accordingly, we will plan,” Arun Dhumal said.
Dhamal was also happy for the players as they can resume their training outdoors in local stadiums. However, they have to train separately in their respective home stadiums.
“At a local level, cricketers can go to stadiums and resume outdoor training. But the entire team cannot get together because players are scattered,” Arun Dhumal said.
Earlier, the reports also had claimed that BCCI was looking for alternative window in the month of July or September or in place of World T20, if it gets postponed. But, Dhamal quashed such reports by saying “The T20 World Cup is an ICC event. It will generate revenue for the global body, and the ICC will do its level best to organise the tournament as per schedule,” before he signed off.