With Indian Government slowly easing the lockdown restrictions, the speculations about future of IPL are on all-time high. Several reports are coming through ever since the Indian Government has given some relief in terms of opening stadiums at some places.
The reports have claimed that BCCI is looking for alternative window in the month of July or September or in place of World T20, if it gets postponed. The marquee tournament which was all set to get rolling from 29th March has been now postponed indefinitely amid the COVID-19 attack.
However, Sport Minister Kiran Rijiju has made it clear that the fate of IPL depends on the risk factor related to it. The IPL 2020 will only go ahead if the government thinks that there is no risk to public health. Rijiju also stressed the point that the final call will only be taken by the Indian Government not BCCI in prevailing conditions.
“In India, the government has to take a call and it will be depending on the situation of the pandemic, how we progress as a nation,” Rijiju told India Today TV channel. “We can’t put the health of the nation at risk just because we want sporting events to be held. Our focus is fighting COVID-19.”
The marquee tournament is a vital cog in BCCI’s financial planning. BCCI earns a hefty sum of around 4000 Crore from IPL and a cancellation will put BCCI’s financial stability in jeopardy. There are strong chances that BCCI might look to schedule the tournament in October-November, if ICC postpones the World T20 by some months.
Earlier, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal, however, has made it clear that the BCCI is not giving even a single thought to the IPL at the moment and will only plan anything after reading all the guidelines from state governments also.