At present the future of Indian Premier League 2020 is hanging by a thread called hope. Neither BCCI nor IPL GC has come up with any concrete information on the future of the marquee league yet. The COVID-19 situation has put the world on halt for now and the chances of all future sports events looks bleak as of now.
In last two weeks, India has been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of COVID -19 cases has already crossed 18,000 mark with the death toll hovering around 600.
To combat the situation, Indian government has also extended the 21-day lockdown for 19 days more days. With the extension of lockdown, the marquee tournament which was all set to get rolling from 29th March has been now postponed indefinitely.
With all the tournaments looking quite uncertain, former Pakistani batsman Basit Ali has stated that if the situation fails to improve in time than ICC will allow BCCI to organise the IPL in the time window of October-November as ICC generated 70% of its revenue from BCCI.
“Indian board generates 70 per cent revenue for ICC and everyone knows that. Whatever the Indian board will say is going to happen,” said Basit Ali according to the report by Cricket Pakistan.
Even the ICC has started to brood over the future of upcoming World T20as the host nation Australia has already locked its international borders for six months. The Asia Cup that is scheduled in September also looks a far possibility as of now.
According to Basit Ali, BCCI might also consider the option of organising the tournament behind the closed doors in UAE. “Be it the Asia Cup or the T20 World Cup, IPL will be given preference, in case there is a clash, over both of these events. If IPL does not take place in India, then it’s going to be moved to Emirates [UAE],” he added.
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 and any decision on the fate of the tournament will only be taken after lockdown ends.