The advent of the novel coronavirus has brought the world to a standstill. The sporting world is equally effected with no live events as most of the tournaments have been postponed. Among them, is the IPL 2020, which has been deferred to April 15 from its original date of March 29.
Reports suggested that the BCCI might incur a massive Rs.10,000 crore loss it the tournament is called off. As of now, like things stands, it might well be called off.
Rohit Sharma’s take on IPL 2020
With the novel coronaavirus taking its toll all around the world, hosting the tournament abroad is not even an option. However, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma, feels the tournament might commence once things settle down.
“At some stage, when things settle down, it might happen, who knows,” Rohit Sharma said during a live chat with former England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Instagram.
Jos Buttler Hopeful Of Shortened Season
England cricketers look ecstatic to play the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 amid the novel coronavirus scare. After opener Tom Banton and premier all-rounder Ben Stokes confirmed their availability for the lucrative tournament, wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler is hopeful for a shortened season.
Jos Buttler thinks there is a high chance the tournament can get called off due to the situation, but given the fact that it is a massive affair, he wants some part of it to get underway.
“No news at the moment. We saw, initially, that it was going to be postponed. It’s very hard to see this changing in the immediate future, so I don’t see that as a possibility at the moment,” Buttler said in a Skysports podcast. “Obviously, it’s such a massive tournament for world cricket, so hopefully some of it can go ahead — perhaps a shortened tournament.”