The fate of IPL 2020 relies on many different principles due to the novel coronavirus pandemic situation. Its parent board has 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.
BCCI working on all possible options to stage IPL this year: Sourav Ganguly
In a significant development board president Sourav Ganguly has said that it is keeping all options ready to stage IPL 2020 this year. He has also said that it might be hosted behind closed door keeping the safety of players in mind. Ganguly is looking for the best possible outcome for fans, stakeholders are players who are keenly waiting for the tournament to commence.
“The BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums. The fans, franchisees, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year.
“Recently a lot of players, both from India and other countries, participating in IPL have also shown their keenness on being a part of this year IPL. We are optimistic and the BCCI will shortly decide on the future course of action on this.”
The new phased guidelines for the lockdown 5.0 released by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has seen the third phase focusing on restarting international air travel and sports events which acts as a massive boost for the IPL 2020.