The dilemma over IPL 2020 and its future has dominated the news feed in Cricket World from the last month and so. The marquee tournament which was all set to get rolling from 29th March has been now postponed indefinitely amid the COVID-19 attack.
Even after a one and half month of complete hara-kiri, the World is still under the threat of COVID-19 pandemic. Medics and scientists the world over are still trying their best to make the antidote for the deadly disease. Almost whole of the world has been locked down and people have confined themselves in their houses.
Indian Government have also extended the countrywide lockdown till 3rd May. With the lockdown all the international activities, flights and sports have also been cancelled indefinitely and so has been IPL 2020.
In case the IPL gets cancelled, it will bring a lot of chaos and losses for the BCCI and its stakeholders. This is the reason the top brass of BCCI has adopted ‘wait and watch policy’ over the fate of tournament.
As whole of the world eagerly wait for the action to resume, Sri Lanka Cricket Board has come forward to help BCCI organise the IPL 2020, in case India fails to host the tournament amid COVID-19.
Speaking to Lankadeepa Newspaper, Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva said, “If IPL is called off, Indian Cricket board and IPL stakeholders will have to bear a loss of more than USD 500 Million. So, it will be beneficial for them to conduct the league in another country as they did in 2009 in South Africa.”
“If we get the go-ahead from them to this proposal, we are ready to provide all the facilities necessary under the supervision of Sri Lankan health authorities,” he added.
Amid all the reports about IPL 2020 future, BCCI has adopted for wait and watch policy. While terming all the speculations ‘Pre-mature’, recently, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal, also said that this is certainly not a situation to take a call on the future of IPL and any decision will follow only after the situation gets back to normal.