The 21-day lockdown imposed by the Indian Government to combat the COVID-19 situation has definitely helped India control the situation. But, with the COVID-19 cases still increasing in a steady manner, the state and central governments are fretting over increasing the lockdown till 30th April.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi also had a video conference meeting with the CM’s of all states to discuss the lockdown condition. With the extension of lockdown seems most likely, the future of Indian Premier League is also hanging by a thread.
With the lockdown all the international activities, flights and sports have also been cancelled till the situation improves significantly. Earlier, BCCI have deferred the marquee tournament in the wake of COVID-19. The IPL 2020 which was all set to get rolling from 29th March has also been postponed till 15th April at least amid the COVID-19 attack.
In a recent talk with ANI, Former IPL chief Rajeev Shukla also voiced to support government’s decision on this situation. He said that the life of people remains the first priority in any situation and for the sake of a tournament BCCI can’t risk players’ lives. He also added that even if the lockdown ends on 14th April, there is no preparation being done to organise the tournament.
“I don’t see any preparation, our priority is to fight coronavirus and save people. See it will all depend on the government what decision they will take. We will go by the government decision. We are hearing that lockdown may extend in this situation if you think IPL (2020) can happen by April 15 so it seems not possible,” Rajeev Shukla told ANI.
The statement of Rajeev Shukla has come at a time, when there are reports that BCCI is looking to organise the IPL ‘Behind the Doors’ in July.