BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Saturday made it clear that the 13th version of IPL will be a truncated one if the COVID-19 pandemic subsides however couldn’t commit on the variety of matches beneath the present circumstances. The BCCI on Friday suspended the IPL from March 29 to April 15 due to authorities-imposed journey restrictions and refusal of three states to host any matches owing to the pandemic that has up to now claimed greater than 5000 lives and contaminated shut to 1,50,000 folks globally.
The extraordinary state of affairs prompted the Board’s high officers to meet the eight franchise house owners on Saturday and discover varied options, together with organising a curtailed event.
Asked if the money-wealthy occasion might be a curtailed one, Ganguly mentioned, “It will happen, because if it is April 15, then, in any case 15 days are gone, it has to be truncated. How truncated, how many games, I can’t say at the moment.” The Board’s high boss reiterated that security is their high precedence, a day after the IPL was postponed and the three-match ODI collection between India and South Africa was additionally referred to as off.
“We will monitor further. Safety is most important and with the current situation with what is going around the world and in India, with government directives, we have even postponed the remaining domestic matches.” Earlier within the day, Kings XI Punjab’s Ness Wadia mentioned he doesn’t know when the T20 occasion will begin.
“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 advised reporters after the assembly with Ganguly and BCCI secretary Jay Shah.
Six to seven options have been mentioned throughout the assembly.
In India, there have been two deaths and greater than 80 constructive COVID-19 instances, leading to a authorities directive to shut the followers out of sporting occasions to keep away from giant gatherings, which ultimately led to a postponement and even cancellation of many sports activities occasions.
Ganguly mentioned the state of affairs will be assessed each week.
“We met with the owners, to tell them how it can happen and where do we stand at the moment. At the moment, it is just postponed. We will assess the situation,” he mentioned.
“It will be reassessed every week. I can’t say at the moment (about a deadline). I has to be worked around. As much as we want to host the IPL, we also need to be careful about the security.” Asked if there may be any backup plans, the previous India captain mentioned, “I can’t say anything at the moment, allow us a week, let’s see how it goes around the world.” The selections to postpone the money-wealthy league and the ODI rubber have been taken hours after the Delhi authorities on Friday suspended all sporting exercise within the nationwide capital due to the ever-rising well being disaster. Delhi is house to the Delhi Capitals IPL franchise.
“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),” a supply knowledgeable.
The fourth possibility is holding all matches in simply a few centres with restricted actions of gamers, assist workers and TV crew.
Another different is to play behind closed doorways and have all of the 60 video games in a shorter time-frame which is able to make sure that the stakeholders don’t lose out truckloads of cash.
The supply additionally confirmed that shifting the event overseas was not mentioned in any respect within the assembly.
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,” Wadia added.
“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 the April 15 and then we’ll see.” Delhi Capitals proprietor Parth Jindal tried to downplay the dialogue on options and mentioned that there’ll be one other assembly later to talk about different modalities.
When requested whether or not there’ll be extra double-headers this season, Jindal mentioned, “We didn’t discuss anything, we need to assess the situation and the health and safety of public is most important consideration.”