The Corona outbreak has put the world on halt. Some countries have been forced to lockdown completely while some others are trying their best to stop a possible lockdown.
Indian Government have also locked down the whole country for next 21 daysin order to combat the COVID-19 threat. People have been forced to go in self quarantine mode to maintain social distancing and break the chain of CORONA virus. The lockdown has been imposed till 14th April and possibly this is end of the IPL 2020 hopes also.
With the chances of IPL 2020 looking very grim, “We are not even discussing IPL right now. It will be premature to say anything but hosting the IPL this year looks a bit difficult,” a top franchise official told Hindustan Times.
A Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) official, also confirmed the same and said “All IPL related work was stopped in mid-March. Only the construction of VIP boxes was underway when this coronavirus pandemic forced us to go on a work-from-home. We were already told not to holdIPL-related work till April 15.”
The official also confirmed that even if the government lifts the ban after 14th April, it will take at least two weeks to get the conditions match ready. Currently, the Indian government have cancelled all the visas and domestic flights all across the country. The Delhi government have also imposed a ban on hosting any sports event in the city till the situation becomes favourable again.
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“The IMGR (Delhi Capitals) guys came here last week and they were told about the developments. Even they looked less hopeful of the IPL taking place this year. Generally, it takes about two weeks for the pitch and construction work to complete before every IPL that means till the end of April it is highly unlikely,” the official added.