Even after the big 21-day lockdown period in India, the massive COVID-19 pandemic situation is still very much threatening. This has also forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to also take the hard step. In a huge development, the BCCI has officially suspended the forthcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for an indefinite period.
The announcement from the BCCI was quite expected with regards to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi extending the lockdown period in the country until May 3. In its recent press release, the BCCI stated that all the stakeholders have mutually come to a decision that the IPL should go ahead only when things settle down and the coronavirus situation dries down.
"The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and as such, 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," a BCCI release stated.
The tournament was earlier scheduled to be held on March 29 but due to the massive coronavirus outbreak, the league was suspended until April 15. This announcement from the BCCI was very much on the expected lines after the extension of the lockdown period in India. Currently, most of the sporting activities in the world have either been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic.
However, there are still talks going around about the possibility of having the IPL somewhere around the September-October window later this year. IPL 2020 can be organised successfully if the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia is cancelled or postponed. But for that to happen, the coronavirus disastrous situation needs to get cleared up very soon which is looking very much bleak right now.
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