This yr’s Indian Premier League (IPL) was formally postponed till additional discover due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday however the Indian cricket board believes it may discover a “safe” window later for the profitable Twenty20 event.
The eight-crew league, initially scheduled from March 29, was initially suspended till Wednesday at the same time as India entered a 3-week lockdown final month.
With the lockdown being prolonged till May three and journey and different restrictions in place, a second postponement was inevitable.
With well being issues and lockdown measures in thoughts, the IPL Governing Council determined to droop the 2020 season till additional discover, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah mentioned in an announcement.
“The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority…” Shah mentioned.
“…the BCCI along with the franchise owners, broadcaster, sponsors and all the stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”
The affirmation got here a day after key franchise officers instructed Reuters that the eight-crew league had been indefinitely postponed.
“BCCI will continue to monitor and review the situation regarding a potential start date in close partnership with all of its stakeholders…” Shah added.
The variety of confirmed coronavirus infections in India has jumped to 12,380, together with 414 deaths, as of Thursday.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has provided to host the event.
“It looks like Sri Lanka will be clear of the coronavirus before India,” SLC president Shammi Silva instructed Reuters in Colombo.
“If so, we can host the tournament here. We will be writing to the Indian cricket board soon,” he added.
Indian media speculated on a potential window for the IPL in September-October, earlier than this yr’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.
The uncertainty is an enormous setback, significantly for the 62 cricketers purchased for a collective $18.34 million on the gamers’ public sale in December.
Australian Pat Cummins grew to become the IPL’s costliest abroad purchase ever when the Kolkata Knight Riders paid a staggering $2.18 million for the quick bowler within the public sale in Kolkata.