As the clouds of uncertainty continue to hover over the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, which has been deferred to get underway from April 15, the parent board is constantly in touch with the other cricket boards for their foreign players. Every franchise wants the foreign players to be a part of their side and thus the BCCI is constantly in touch with the boards and updating them about their stand.
As things stand, the lucrative tournament, might well be canceled. But reports also suggest that BCCI is looking for the October window for the tournament to commence.
Constantly updating boards about the situation: BCCI official
A number of England cricketers have confirmed their presence for the IPL 2020. Australian cricketers also seem to be eager to play the tournament. In an interview to IANS, a BCCI official, said they are constantly informing the cricket boards about the safety measures taken by the health department.
“While various options have been discussed like a closed-door tournament, or a curtailed one, it is almost clear that everyone wants foreign players to be a part of the IPL and that is one of the major highlights of the tournament. So, we have been constantly updating the boards of the situation here and the directives that are being issued by the health department as well as the government in the fight against coronavirus,” a BCCI official told IANS.
International border lockdown should also be considered: BCCI official
Most countries across the globe have imposed lockdown. Even if the tournament gets a green signal it will take a lot of things into consideration to see if they can join the franchise.
“In fact, it is a two-way process as international border lockdown is also an aspect that needs to be kept in mind because at the end of the day whenever the IPL does happen, the foreign players need to fly in,” the official pointed.