Indian Premier League (IPL) was supposed to begin on 29th March. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) were set to face each other in the inaugural match of the 13th edition of IPL at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The teams had also begun their preparations for the cash-rich league. But coronavirus has disrupted all the plans. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was forced to postpone the tournament until 15th April. Meanwhile, to tackle COVID-19 menace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 21 days lockdown in the country which was supposed to end on 14th April. But considering the alarming situation, lockdown is all set to be extended till 30th April. In this scenario, IPL 2020 will have to be postponed further. BCCI is left with no other option. Though a formal decision in this regard has still not been made. It is almost certain that IPL is going to defer for an indefinite period.
Now BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has indicated the same. He clearly said, organizing this year’s IPL is becoming more and more difficult. It seems impossible to hold the tournament right now. “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,” said Ganguly as quoted by The New Indian Express.
BCCI president said that he will be able to give an update on Monday after speaking to the office-bearers of the BCCI. But he also explained that in this situation when everything has come to a standstill, future of sports looking bleak. “Where will you get players from, where do players travel. It’s just simple common sense that at the moment, nothing is in favor of any kind of sport anywhere in the world, forget IPL,” he said as quoted by Hindustan Times.