The fans wait eagerly for one long year to see their stars play for the IPL franchise teams but this year the story has been different. Coronavirus has forced the IPL governing council to posotpone the league till mid April but there’s no good news in stores for the fans. As the coronavirus positive cases soared up in India, government imposed a complete lockdown in the country till 14th April and shattered all the hopes to start the most richest cricket league in the world from 15th April as well.
Reports further stated that the IPL governing council was eager to organize the league in May but the plans were again dusted after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced lockdown 2.0 which will extend till 3rd May.
In view of the current conditions and international schedule, the organization of IPL this year seems extremely difficult. After the lockdown was extended till 3 May, the BCCI will have to find a new window. The governing body may not look at the July-September window as it rains alot during these seasons and Asia Cup 2020 is also scheduled for September.
The T20 World Cup is to be played in Australia from 18 October. Even after this, the calendar of mutual series of teams remains fixed. Even if IPL happens, the change in its format can be seen and number of matches can be halved. It may also be organized only in limited cities, it is also possible that foreign players do not play tournaments.
As the lockdown has been extended till May 3 by the government, we will postpone the Indian Premier League for the time being: BCCI Sources pic.twitter.com/VzRpTlVa9M
— ANI (@ANI) April 14, 2020