On 1st June 2020, after five consecutive lockdowns in last couple of months, Indian Government finally ended the lockdown period with certain conditions. In ‘Unlock 1.0’, Government of India has given green signal to a number of outdoor activities including business and sports facilities.
Sports organisations have incurred heavy losses in these months. India’s most successful sports tournament, the IPL, which was all set to get rolling from 29th March, has also been postponed indefinitely.
However, now with situation slowly getting back to normal, the IPL 2020 will be high on the agenda of BCCI. Government of India are also looking to resume International flight services by the end of this month. The office bearers, though, have not said anything concrete, it is learned that a decision will soon come on organising the IPL.
The office bearers are also divided on hosting IPL in India or abroad. Recently, a BCCI official also confirmed the same. Though, he also hinted that the general feeling still backs India to be the host.
“See, it is a case of the decision-makers being divided 3-2 if that is how you wish to understand the current scenario. Without going into the names of who said what, all I can tell you is that the general feeling is that having the league in India would not only be a sign of positivity amongst the people of the country but will also help as we will not need to travel abroad and act to a fresh set of guidelines,” BCCI official said as quoted by Khaleej Times.
“But then, there are a couple of voices who also feel that having the tournament should be the priority and if that means taking it out of the country, so be it. So, while we are working on the overall plan, the venue is an area which will need further deliberation. Also, at the end of the day safety of the players and everyone involved is a priority,” he added.