IPL 2020 'Future' Gains Massive Boost With Lockdown 5.0 Guidelines

IPL 2020 ‘Future’ Gains Massive Boost With Lockdown 5.0 Guidelines

Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni. Photo by: Sandeep Shetty /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

The fate of IPL 2020 relies on many different principles due to the novel coronavirus pandemic situation. Its parent board had adapted the ‘wait and watch’ policy which saw the IPL 2020 being postponed indefinitely after being deferred from its original date. The cricket board CEO Raul Johri had said that the lucrative tournament can take place after monsoon with international stars.

Speculations about the 2020 T20 World Cup being postponed to next year is rife, which only further opens up doors for the IPL 2020 to take up the October slot to host the tournament. But the cricket board treasurer Arun Dhumal had hinted that they are in no mood to influence the governing council to postpone the marquee tournament for their own benefit.

IPL was initially slated to start from March 29 (Photo- Twitter)


Lockdown 5.0 (Phase 3) guidelines favours the commencement of IPL 2020

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) released new phased guidelines for the lockdown 5.0. The phase three of new guidelines focuses on restarting international air travel and sports events which acts as a massive boost for the IPL 2020.

“Based on assessment of the situation (Phase 3), dates for restarting following will be decided—international air travel of passengers, gymnasiums, swimming pools, social/political/sports/entertainment functions and large congregations,” the new MHA guidelines read.

MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma with the IPL trophy (Credits: Twitter)

The cricket board treasurer Arun Dhumal has shown positivity towards the commencement of IPL 2020. He has said that if international travel is allowed in phase three along with sport activities returning, the cricket board can plan about the future of the cash-rich tournament.

“It’s a positive. If international travel resumes, and sporting activities will be allowed, then we can plan for the future,” BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

Meanwhile, the global governing council had deferred its date to June 10 to decide the fate of 2020 T20 World Cup.