The 21-day lockdown imposed by the Indian Government to combat the COVID-19 situation has definitely helped India control the situation. But, with the COVID-19 cases still increasing in a steady manner, the state and central governments are in favour of increasing the lockdown till 30th April, so The lockdown has been increased till 3rd may..
“The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and as such, the BCCI along with the Franchise Owners, Broadcaster, Sponsors and all the Stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so,” a BCCI release stated.
NEWS : IPL 2020 suspended till further notice
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 2020
According to the latest reports, “Three states Punjab, Maharashtra and Karnataka have already said that they are extending lockdown. It is implied that IPL can’t happen for the time being. But it will certainly not be cancelled. It will be postponed indefinitely,” said a BCCI official in the knowledge of the proceeding as quoted by India Today.
The marquee tournament which was earlier deferred by the BCCI till 15th April is in danger of getting cancelled or postponed for indefinite time now. The cancellation of IPL will bring a lot of chaos for the BCCI and its stakeholders. The cancellation will not only bring losses to BCCI and its stakeholders but also it will bring down the market value of IPL and its franchises.
“We can’t cancel IPL as it means losses to the tune of Rs. 3000 crore. The BCCI will work with all stakeholders to find a solution but for that normalcy needs to return. It’s not possible for BCCI bigwigs to commit that IPL can happen at which particular slot,” he added.
The official also added that in the current scenario even a discussion over the situation looks senseless. “There are a lot of ifs and buts at the moment. You can only have a meaningful discussion when things normalise. Till then, nothing can be said,” said the official.