The dilemma over IPL 2020 and its future has dominated the news feed in Cricket World from the last couple of months. 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 two month of complete hara-kiri, there are no signs of resumption any time soon. World is still under the threat of COVID-19 pandemic. Medics and scientists the world over are still finding ways to eliminate the contagious virus.
Indian Government have also extended the countrywide lockdown till 17th May. Meanwhile, Indian Government is also trying to resume some necessary services, but the increasing no. of cases has kept all the progress in check.
BCCI is also uncertain about the future of the IPL 2020 yet. There is no assertive word from the office bearers of BCCI. 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, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has told that UAE has shown its interest in organising the marquee tournament like before. “The UAE has offered to host the IPL if we want them to. But right now when there is no international travel, there is no question of taking a call on that,” Arun Dhumal was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
However, he also clarified that BCCI is yet to take any decision on the proposal from UAE as the situation at present is not suitable to do that. “The health and security of players and all participants is our priority. At the moment, the entire world travel has come to a standstill, so there is nothing we can decide at this stage,” he added.
UAE is not new to IPL and hosting matches as it had, earlier, hosted IPL in 2014, when due to general election, BCCI has shifted first 20 matches in the UAE.