AGENCIES, Kolkata: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed eight Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises and broadcasters that the cricketing event for 2020 stands “postponed indefinitely” after the lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic was extended till May 3. The uncertainties have left no scope for the league to take place during its designated window.
“Yes, the BCCI has intimated us that IPL has been postponed for the time being but they are hopeful of finding a window later this year as and when things normalise,” a franchise official told PTI.
It is understood that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah were waiting for the government directive and once the lockdown dated was revised extended till May 3 on Tuesday, it clashes with the April-May window.The IPL was supposed to be held from March 29 to May 24.
Ganguly had repeatedly made it clear that the game cannot be a priority given the crisis that the country is facing.India currently has over 10,000 positive cases with over 350 recorded deaths, making it virtually impossible for the government to lift any of the restrictions put in place last month.
On March 13, the BCCI said that the league would be postponed till April 15 due to the restrictions placed on the entry of foreigners at that time. This meant the games would have no international player participation.
As of now, the only window for an IPL in the current year would be between September and November, provided Cricket Australia and the ICC agree to reschedule the T20 World Cup.
Australia’s six-month travel restrictions end on September 30 and if the situation becomes normal the World Cup is scheduled in October-November.The other option is having a curtailed IPL in six weeks between September and early October as it’s highly unlikely that the Asia Cup will happen.