With lockdown extension on cards, IPL all set to be postponed indefinitely
By: PTI | New Delhi |

Published: April 11, 2020 9:51:58 pm

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The cash-rich Indian Premier League’s 13th version on Saturday headed in direction of an indefinite postponement because the nation braced for a lockdown extension to include the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BCCI has been ready for an official announcement from the centre, however with the chief ministers of varied states making it clear that one other extension is on the playing cards, India’s richest sports activities physique is left with no possibility however to postpone it additional.

The variety of confirmed novel coronavirus circumstances within the nation has crossed 8000 with 259 fatalities up to now.

However, it remained unclear whether or not the board will formally announce the postponement earlier than April 15, the date until which the occasion was pushed again final month.

“Three states Punjab, Maharashtra and Karnataka have already said that they are extending lockdown. It is implied that IPL can’t happen for the time being. But it will certainly not be cancelled. It will be postponed indefinitely,” a BCCI official advised PTI on the situation of anonymity.

The IPL was initially scheduled to be held between March 29 and May 24, however was postponed initially until April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“We can’t cancel IPL as it means losses to the tune of Rs 3000 crore. The BCCI will work with all stakeholders to find a solution but for that normalcy needs to return. It’s not possible for BCCI bigwigs to commit that IPL can happen at which particular slot,” he added.

As of now, there are two choices — organising it in September and early October earlier than the World T20 in Australia or internet hosting it on the expense of the World T20 if the ICC, Cricket Australia and different stakeholders agree.

“There are lot of ifs and buts at the moment. You can only have a meaningful discussion when things normalise. Till then, nothing can be said.”

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