Things seem to worsen with every day passing by for this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29 initially. But, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) postponed the tournament’s inception till April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak has affected the cricket spectrum to a great deal and multiple series and tournaments have been cancelled by various cricketing boards all across the globe.
Every year, fans await the inception of the Indian Premier League with the same enthusiasm as the cash-rich league is nothing short of a festival. However, things don’t seem to look good for IPL 2020 as it stands a great chance of being cancelled seeing the current situation.
IPL 2020: Any Decision To Be Taken After April 15: Kiren Rijiju
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has made it clear that the fate of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) can be decided only after the government comes out with a fresh advisory after April 15, keeping in mind the situation with regards to the coronavirus outbreak.
“After April 15 the government will come up with new advisory and guidelines according to the situation. BCCI is a body that looks after cricket which is not an Olympic sport. But here it is not the question of the sporting event alone but a question of the safety of the citizens. In an event there will be thousands of spectators. So it is not just for the sports bodies or sportspersons it is for every citizen of the country,” he said.
Rijiju reiterated that while it is the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which decides on cricketing matters, the pandemic is something which has a direct effect on the citizens of the country.
Major Cricketing Events Come To A Hold After Coronavirus
Recently, the IPL 2020 has been postponed till April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak. To the disappointment of the cricket fans, the India-South Africa ODI series has also been called off.
Apart from it, the Road Safety World Series has also been suspended.
All the English players playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) have been called back immediately and the tournament has been postponed.