On 1st June 2020, Indian Government finally ended the lockdown period, with certain conditions, after five consecutive lockdowns in last couple of months. In ‘Unlock 1.0’ Government of India has decided to resume many suspended services to provide relief to business and sports organisations.
With all the outdoor activities are allowed in green zone areas, the ‘Unlock 1.0’ will also boost the chances of IPL 2020. Government of India are also looking to resume International flight services by the end of this month.
With that BCCI will also look forward to bringing all the players on the field for training as soon as stadiums guarantees bio-secure environment. The opening of stadium will also pave the way for IPL 2020.
However, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly looks quite uncertain about the future of the IPL. The marquee tournament, which was all set to get rolling from 29th March has been now postponed indefinitely amid the COVID-19 attack.
Ganguly said that BCCI is looking at all options and the status quo of the league remains uncertain as of now. In an exclusive interaction, the BCCI president said, “We can’t say what will happen in the days to come. It is tough to predict. We are looking at all options. We are still not sure when cricket could resume,” as quoted by Sportskeeda.
BCCI President Ganguly also refused to comment anything on the hosting of IPL 2020 in India and a possible schedule as he reiterated that human life is of utmost important in present situation.
“If at all, IPL does happen, we don’t know where it could happen. India would certainly like to host the event, provided the environment is safe. Right now, we are not in a position to say anything.
It is too early. We are yet to officially discuss the IPL schedule. But it depends on the safety of the environment. Saving human life and breaking the coronavirus chain are more important for all of us,” Ganguly said.
Ganguly also opened up on his life during lockdown and the efforts he and his charity foundation putting in to help people in this crisis time. “I have been at home only with my family. I am really bothered by the way people are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic. I can’t say how many people benefitted through my charity foundation. I am trying my best. We all are doing our bit in little ways to come out of this crisis,” said Ganguly amid the crisis.