With coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc and showing absolutely no signs of improvement, the Indian Premier League (IPL) looks set to suffer another blow. So far, the pandemic has already claimed more than 14,000 lives globally, with the cases across the world exceeding 325,000.
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India have managed to keep things under control so far but steadily the cases have been rising in recent days. As on Monday, there were more than 400 positive cases in the country as the government is desperately taking all the measure to make sure that the outbreak does not spread in the densely populated country.
Amid the concerns, most parts of the country have been put under complete lockdown with passenger trains and inter-state buses suspended till March 31. And with things showing absolutely little signs of improvements, the BCCI are mulling over further postponing the tournament beyond April 15 or even cancel the event altogether if the situation does not improve.
The thirteenth edition of the league was scheduled to start on March 29. But in the wake of the outbreak, the BCCI had postponed the tournament till April 15. However, it looks like the IPL is nowhere close to getting started anytime soon.
According to India Today, the BCCI is also mulling to stage a curtailed 13th edition of the league at the end of this year. A final decision on the same is likely to be taken by the end of March.
“BCCI and IPL franchise to have a conference call on coming Tuesday to discuss the process and further way of IPL 2020. BCCI office has closed so no meeting can be held there similarly no meeting can be held in the hotel so they have opted conference call,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying by India Today.