New Delhi April 14th
As the government extended the coronavirus lockdown till May 3, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has decided to further postponed the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), reported news agency ANI. “Since lockdown has been extended, we have to postpone the IPL for the time being, the decision will be intimated, we will discuss the matter later today,” BCCI sources told ANI. This comes after hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his decision to extend the lockdown till May 3 to control the spread of the novel coronavirus in India.
“Till April 20, all districts, localities, states will be closely monitored, as to how strictly they are implementing norms. States which will not let hotspots increase, they could be allowed to let some important activities resume, but with certain conditions,” PM Modi said in his address to the nation on Tuesday. The cash-rich IPL was scheduled to begin from March 29 but it was postponed till April 15 after the government imposed a 21-day nationwide lockdown to check the spread of the novel coronavirus. Earlier, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had said that he will be able to give a concrete update on whether the IPL will be further deferred after speaking to BCCI office-bearers.
“But practically speaking, when life has come to a standstill everywhere in the world, where does sport have a future in this,” Ganguly had told The New Indian Express. “We keep monitoring developments. At the present moment, we can’t say anything. And what is there to say anyway? Airports are shut, people are stuck at home, offices are locked down, nobody can go anywhere. And it seems this is how it’s going to be till the middle of May,” he added. According to a News reports, there are two options — organising it in September and early October before the World T20 in Australia or hosting it at the expense of the World T20 if the ICC, Cricket Australia and other stakeholders agree.