On Saturday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] and the stakeholders of all the eight Indian Premier League franchises held a meeting to discuss the situation that has arisen due to the novel Coronavirus at its headquarters in Mumbai.
While the future of league is still uncertain, there are reports that the IPL Governing Council came up with five dates for rescheduling the tournament. According to the New Indian Express, the five dates are April 15, April 21, April 25, May 1 and May 5. Apart from the dates, it is also believed that the franchises are confident of getting a full tournament even if it starts by 25 April.
A franchise official in the knowledge of the development said, “In the past, when IPL was moved to South Africa in 2009, it was conducted over a span of 37 days. So if we begin by April 25 and run it till May-end, we can pull it off. But if it’s beyond that, it’s hard to plan how it will happen.
“One option is, avoiding the home-away concept and playing each other only once. Other is to have two groups. But the option of splitting it into two groups hasn’t found any takers as some marquee clashes will go missing from the calendar,” the news outlet.
However, in a briefing after the meeting, the BCCI President Ganguly had confirmed that if the condition improves we would have a truncated IPL this year. Ganguly, though, did not provided the details of BCCI’s planning. Ganguly had said, “If it (IPL) is (postponed till) April 15, then, in any case 15 days are gone, it has to be a truncated one. How truncated, how many games, I can’t say at the moment.”
Indian Premier League 2020 has already been postponed at least till 15 April. With the cases of COVID-19 increasing every day BCCI might have to cancel the tournament.