IPL 2020 dealt another blow as BCCI cancels call with franchise owners

Paola Ditto
Marzo 26, 2020

As India braces for an unprecedented 21-day complete lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from midnight on March 24 to curb the outbreak of Covid-19, the future of its biggest sporting carnival and arguably world cricket's biggest league - The Indian Premier League - looks bleak. "Things remain as it was on (March 14), when we chose to postpone the IPL (to April 15)". The 13th edition of the IPL was scheduled to commence on March 29, however, the spread of coronavirus forced the postponement of the league until April 15.

With the situation looking gloomier, will the tournament be called off? "We have not decided on that yet". We don't know yet. The caption of the tweet read, "Never thought would see my city like this. stay safe. this will change soon for the better...love and affection to all". "Let's see how things go in the next few days", Ganguly said.

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that the conference call that was to take place to discuss the current situation amidst the pandemic will now take place later in the week as the board is keen to assess the situation further before sitting down with the stakeholders and discuss the way forward with regards to the decisions around IPL 2020.

A BCCI official said on Monday that while it is very hard to predict the fate of the IPL this year at present, the board can still conduct the league taking a cue from the pattern that was followed when the tournament was taken out to South Africa. "Nothing! We have not spoken to any of the franchises yet". And Ganguly revealed there is no meeting lined up either.

One of the eight options discussed at the IPL Governing Council Meeting of March 14 was to extend the window of the tournament till late May or early June. Once everything is clear only then can we make a call about what is the further course of action.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to more than 16,000 deaths globally. "All the cricketing operations are shut. So".

London, his second favourite city after Kolkata, is under a 21-day lockdown and Ganguly is anxious about his close relative, uncle Animesh Mukherjee and his family who are based there. The streets are empty.

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