Updated: March 14, 2020 3:54:35 pm
A curtailed Indian Premier League was one of the choices mentioned at Saturday’s assembly between BCCI and the eight IPL franchise owners in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic whilst Kings XI Punjab’s Ness Wadia mentioned that he doesn’t know when the T20 occasion will begin.
The BCCI on Friday suspended the IPL from March 29 to April 15 as a consequence of government-imposed journey restrictions and refusal of three states to host any matches.
“We cannot and no one, you know, is in a position today to say when it’s going to start. We will review the situation after two to three weeks. And hopefully by then the cases will reduce,” Wadia informed reporters after IPL owners’ assembly with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah.
A Board supply, nonetheless, caught to itemizing the choices that have been mentioned on the assembly.
“There were six to seven options discussed during the meeting between team owners and BCCI including a curtailed IPL,” the supply informed PTI on situations of anonymity right here.
Wadia made it clear that at this second, the well being security measures are paramount.
In India, there have been two deaths and greater than 80 optimistic COVID-19 instances, leading to a authorities directive to close the followers out of sporting occasions to keep away from giant gatherings.
“The second option right now is that teams could be divided into two groups of four and then top four go into the play-offs. The third option is increase of double headers (played on weekdays),” the supply knowledgeable.
The fourth option is holding all matches in simply a few centres with restricted actions of gamers, help workers and TV crew.
Another option is to play behind closed doorways and have all of the 60 video games in a shorter timeframe which will make sure that the stakeholders don’t lose out truckloads of cash.
The supply additionally confirmed that shifting the match overseas was not mentioned in any respect within the assembly.
COVID-19 has resulted in additional than 5,000 deaths globally.
Wadia mentioned: “BCCI, IPL and (official broadcaster) Star (Sports) are clear that we are not looking at financial loss.”
“At the meeting everyone agreed that human beings come first and finance comes second. We are here to adhere to governments directives. I don’t see anything being decided before the end of the month. We have to wait and watch and hope situation improves,” Wadia additional mentioned.
“No decision can be taken until there is clarity. Clarity will only be in two-three weeks. As far as your next question is will foreign players come on? I don’t know. There is a ban till April 15 and then we’ll see. So if IPL happens, great if it doesn’t happen, so be it,” Wadia additional added.
Delhi Capitals proprietor Parth Jindal tried to downplay the dialogue on choices and mentioned that there will be one other assembly later to debate different modalities.
“As things progress and evolve, BCCI will call for another meeting to discuss all the options. Today’s meeting was to tell us that they are watching the situation, all of us are watching and we will take a call in due course,” mentioned Jindal.
Asked whether or not there will be extra double-headers the season, Jindal mentioned, “We didn’t talk about something, we have to assess the scenario and the well being and security of public is most essential consideration.
“Ones the situation comes under control all the options can be discussed.”
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