In a last month and so, the COVID-19 virus has created havoc in the world. The virus has infected 203 countries and two international conveyances till now, infecting over 1 Million People and consuming around 55,000 lives in this duration. Even the doctors and medical teams World over have failed to make an antidote of the deadly virus. To combat the ever worsening situation, the Governments world over have also locked down their respective countries.
Sports events the world over have taken a drubbing over the last few weeks. The Virus has also cancelled all the cricket action for now and BCCI had already postponed the much awaited Indian Premier League till 15th April.
In the wake of Lockdown, BCCI has also postponed all kind of meetings till 14th April. Recently, an official from one of the franchises, in an exclusive interaction with IANS, talked about the chances of IPL and BCCI’s planning to handle the ever worsening situation.
The official said, “We last met the BCCI officials at the HQ and after that the next meeting was called off as it was clear that a clarity from the government on the situation with regards to the pandemic is a must. Now that our 21-day lockdown comes to an end on April 14, we will get clarity on how things stand and if we will need any further steps in that direction to fight COVID-19. Once that clarity is got, we can all sit down and chalk out the road ahead. The owners will meet only after the fresh advisory comes.”
When asked about the future of IPL 2020 and possibility of organising the IPL in October November later this year, the official said that the franchise owners have not considered that option yet and the October-November window will be the last option BCCI and the franchise owners will resort to.
“Why do you think the October-November window is being looked at? It is because we want a full IPL with the foreign stars. Even if the international border lockdown stays for six months, the foreign players would be free to come down by then. Yes, every franchise is free to voice their opinion, but let me tell you that would be the last option as a lot of the grandeur that comes with the IPL will then be lost,” the official said.