The coronavirus outbreak has seen the world come to a standstill and even sporting occasions throughout the globe have both been suspended or cancelled. The destiny of the 13th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) additionally hangs in steadiness because the nation is underneath a 21-day lockdown. And IPL franchises have determined that they are going to have the next meeting solely after the federal government comes up with a recent advisory on April 14.
Speaking to IANS, an official of one of many franchises mentioned that it doesn’t make any sense to have conferences when the longer term is unsure, including that there can be a readability as soon as the present lockdown ends and a recent advisory is issued.
“We last met the BCCI officials at the HQ and after that the next meeting was called off as it was clear that a clarity from the government on the situation with regards to the pandemic is a must. Now that our 21-day lockdown comes to an end on April 14, we will get clarity on how things stand and if we will need any further steps in that direction to fight COVID-19. Once that clarity is got, we can all sit down and chalk out the road ahead. The owners will meet only after the fresh advisory comes,” the official mentioned.
There have additionally been talks of getting an IPL with out overseas gamers contemplating that worldwide borders have been locked down. But an official of a franchise mentioned that identical to one franchise feels that having an IPL with out foreigners is an possibility, there are others who need foreigners.
“Why do you think the October-November window is being looked at? It is because we want a full IPL with the foreign stars. Even if the international border lockdown stays for six months, the foreign players would be free to come down by then. Yes, every franchise is free to voice their opinion, but let me tell you that would be the last option as a lot of the grandeur that comes with the IPL will then be lost,” the official mentioned.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma amongst others has been very vocal that he’s nonetheless protecting his fingers crossed that the IPL will occur this yr.
“Still looking forward, fingers crossed. At some stage, if things settle down, it should happen,” Rohit informed Kevin Pietersen on Instagram dwell.
“We have got a few good additions to the squad like Chris Lynn, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile. Boult is a good buy on a pitch like Wankhede with the swinging ball, I was looking forward to that. Along with Bumrah, he would have made a good combination.”