Corona virus has resulted in the cancellation of many domestic and international tournaments and series across the globe or matches are being played empty stands. 3-match ODI series between India and South Africa has been cancelled. World Road Safety T20 Series 2020 has been cancelled. 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed till 15the April.
Now, if the latest reports are to be believed, the IPL franchises are working 24*7 with BCCI to make IPL 2020 happen. But at the same time, somewhere in their subconscious minds, it is also going on that the marquee tournament might get postponed or cancelled if condition worsens.
Now according to reports of times of India, BCCI may host the IPL 2020 in July/September if the tournament will not start before April 30. The BCCI is willing to look as far as the July/September window to host a full version of the 13th edition of the IPL despite the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
“The 2009 IPL – in South Africa – was played inside 37 days. That’s five weeks and two days. If that kind of a window is made available, the IPL can be held partly in India and partly overseas, or the entire tournament can be shifted, depending on how the Covid-19 situation is global,” the official said.
As per the Future Tours Programme (FTP) — cricket’s annual calendar — only the Asia Cup T20 and Pakistan’s tour of England and Ireland come between the months of July and September. England and Pakistan aside, most other cricketing nations — Australia, West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan — do not have a packed window. While it’s also good that no Pakistani player participates in IPL so it will be good.
While other Asian team and India are scheduled to play a three-match t20 series and a three-match ODIs series versus Sri Lanka in June July and Asia Cup in September. Only these two schedules will be disturbed if BCCI organises IPL 2020 in June/July.