Amid the COVID-19’s increasing threat, the condendrum related to IPL 2020 is still on and BCCI officials are in dilemma regarding the future of the league. Earlier, after successive meetings and ever deteriorating conditions the BCCI has already postponed the mega tournament at least till 15 April. There was also news that the IPL 2020 might also be cancelled, if the current situation fails to improve enough.
In a latest turn of events, though, a BCCI official has stated that BCCI might organise the tournament if the situation permits it by 30 April or even by the first week of May 2020.
“The latest we can wait is till the end of April. If the first game isn’t played by the first week of May then it will be almost impossible to have the league this year. Even if we have to wait until the end of April to follow all the procedures, we can take a cue from the South Africa edition and conduct the league successfully.
“If you remember, that was the shortest IPL with 59 games played over 37 days and we can do the same. But certain measures will have to be taken,” the official was quoted as saying by News18.
The official also added that BCCI might do away with a lot of stadiums to avoid the travelling time. In such case Maharashtra can be a good option as it has three fully functional Cricket grounds.
“You cannot travel around the country in such a scenario. If we get the necessary permissions, we will have to stick to a place like Maharashtra where we have three stadiums in Mumbai and a stadium in Pune. I am sure this will then help us ensure that teams not only get fresh wickets to play but also there is minimal travel involved.
But before that, the government must deem it fit to organise tournaments. Public and player safety is the priority as the BCCI President has time and again said,” the official elaborated.