IPL postponed till April 15; ODI series against South Africa canceled
Written by Shamik Chakrabarty
| Kolkata |

Published: March 14, 2020 3:06:10 am


The India vs South Africa ODI series will probably be rescheduled at a later date. (Twitter/BCCI)

With coronavirus at their doorstep, the BCCI determined to cancel the remaining two matches of the continued India versus South Africa ODI series, whereas suspending the IPL 2020 till April 15.

On Thursday, the Uttar Pradesh authorities had suggested the BCCI to not go forward with the second ODI at Lucknow that was scheduled on Sunday. It adopted a affected person being examined optimistic for COVID-19 within the state capital.

The BCCI, nevertheless, had decided to see out the series – the Lucknow sport and the third ODI at Eden Gardens on March 18 – albeit holding the matches behind closed doorways. Eventually, the board needed to give in, because the cancellation of the series was introduced at present. The cricket fraternity was equally bullish on internet hosting the IPL behind closed doorways even after the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had suggested the BCCI to not maintain the IPL “at this time”. Finally, it dawned on them that this isn’t the appropriate time for any cricket after the Coronavirus claimed its first sufferer in India on Wednesday and complete case depend within the nation rose to 81.

With regards to the cancellation of the ODI series, the BCCI launch said: “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), together with Cricket South Africa (CSA), on Friday introduced to reschedule the continued ODI series in view of the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak.

“Cricket South Africa will visit India at a later date to play 3 One-day Internationals. The BCCI-CSA will jointly work out the revised schedule.”

As for the suspension of the IPL that was to start on March 29, the cricket board launch mentioned: “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has determined to droop IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020, as a precautionary measure against the continued Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) state of affairs.

“The BCCI is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience. “The BCCI will work closely with the Government of India along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and all other relevant Central and State Government departments in this regard.”

That the BCCI didn’t even await the IPL governing council assembly on Saturday to announce the postponement attested the urgency with which the cricket authorities needed to act.

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A whole cancellation of the IPL will see the BCCI undergo a income lack of over Rs 2,000 crore – broadcast and sponsorship income included – and the cricket board, together with all IPL stakeholders will depart no stone unturned to carry the event submit April 15, a mad scramble of fixtures however. Separating eight groups into two teams of 4 groups every, extra double headers – the present schedule has solely six afternoon video games – and identical time fixtures at totally different venues have been thought-about as choices, because the IPL has a restricted window. Also, with the host broadcaster, Star, having a number of channels, it wouldn’t be an issue to telecast all of the matches reside.

According to a franchise official, postponement was the one possibility for the time being. “Even behind closed doors, if any member of a team tests positive for coronavirus, the entire squad will have to be quarantined for 14 days. So it was well-nigh impossible to start the tournament on schedule,” he instructed The Indian Express.

The authorities’s resolution to droop all present visas – besides Diplomatic, UN/ International organisations, Officials, Project and Employment – till April 15 was one other issue that compelled the BCCI’s hand. Foreign gamers and coaches and help workers within the IPL come right here on Business visas, which don’t fall underneath the exempted classes. As a franchise official quipped: “Without foreign players, the IPL would become a glorified Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.” Both the BCCI and franchises had been eager on the participation of abroad gamers, a cause why the event has been suspended till April 15.

Australia quick bowler Kane Richardson had been quarantined before being cleared of coronavirus. He is now free to rejoin the ODI squad for the New Zealand series. The three-match ODI series will go forward, though video games will probably be performed behind closed doorways.

Coming again to the IPL, a scheduled begin appeared unlikely when the Maharashtra authorities had banned ticket gross sales of the IPL matches a few days in the past.

The Karnataka authorities, too, sought recommendation from the Government of India about whether or not the IPL matches must be held in Bangalore. Then, a Union Sports Ministry advisory debarred public gathering at “any sporting event”. And at present, the Delhi authorities prohibited “all sports gathering (including IPL)/conferences/seminars beyond 200 people” within the nationwide capital. The BCCI needed to droop the IPL.

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