Already suspended until April 15, the uncertainty surrounding this 12 months’s IPL grew on Tuesday with the BCCI suspending a scheduled convention call with the franchise owners which was to debate a means ahead amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The glitzy T20 league is watching a potential cancellation because of the lethal outbreak, which has led to greater than 16,00zero deaths globally. India, which has reported over 400 instances and 9 deaths up to now, is in a lockdown until March 31 to comprise the pandemic.
“…humanity first, everything else comes second. The situation has not improved so there is no point in even talking about it. If IPL doesn’t happen so be it,” Kings XI Punjab co-proprietor Ness Wadia advised PTI.”There is not any level in discussing something at this level. The entire nation is in a lockdown. We must deal with issues rather more vital than IPL,” added one other franchise official, who didn’t want to be named.
The star-studded eight-staff league was initially scheduled to start out on March 29 in Mumbai however seems set for a cancellation given the present disaster.
“I can’t even think about the IPL at this point. It is irrelevant along with everything else. The only thing thing which is relevant is in what we are living in and it is a world war three situation where we are fighting to help so many people,” Wadia stated.
“The government has taken decisive steps. We often criticise the government but for the proactive steps they have taken we should applaud them. A country as big as India has suspended all flights. That is a very massive and positive step,” he added.However, the BCCI is deferring the announcement hoping towards hope for issues to enhance.
“If Olympics can be postponed by a year, IPL is a much smaller entity in that regard. It is becoming increasingly difficult to organise. At this point the government is not even thinking about allowing foreign visas,” a BCCI official in know of issues stated.
Currently, every stakeholder is discussing methods to restrict the monetary injury with insurance coverage firms in addition to broadcasters.
The BCCI had, earlier this month, suspended the league until April 15 after the federal government cancelled all visas, barring a number of classes like diplomatic and employment, until April 15.