Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has become more uncertain as the lockdown period in India set to be extended. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 21 days lockdown to fight coronavirus. But over the last few weeks, the global, as well as the situation in our country, has not improved at all. So far more than 8,000 people are reported positive in COVID-19 in India. More than 200 people died in this novel virus. The lockdown was supposed to come to an end on 14th April. But with the rising number of coronavirus cases every day, the government most likely to extend the lockdown period. According to media reports, several chief ministers have already agreed that to fight the menace of this deadly virus, the lockdown period must be extended. Though no formal announcement has not been made so far, it looks certain that the shutdown will continue for the next few months. In fact, some states have already extended their lockdown period till the 30th of April. In this scenario, BCCI has no other option but to further postpone IPL 2020.
It was originally decided that the T20 event will start from the 29th of March. Last year’s finalists Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) were set to face each other at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. But due to the massive outbreak of coronavirus, the tournament had to be postponed. It was reported earlier that IPL 2020’s fate depended on the central government’s decision on the lockdown period. If the period extends further, then the tournament will be postponed again. Now it appears that IPL 2020 will be deferred further for an indefinite period. As per a Times of India report, a BCCI official said, “Three states Punjab, Maharashtra, and Karnataka have already said that they are extending lockdown. It is implied that IPL can’t happen for the time being. But it will certainly not be canceled. It will be postponed indefinitely.”
Canceling IPL is not a feasible option for BCCI as it will lead to a huge monetary loss of Rs. 3000 crore. So the Indian cricket board is trying hard to accommodate this event at a suitable time in the future. “We can’t cancel the IPL as it means a loss to the tune of Rs. 3000 crore. The BCCI will work with all stakeholders to find a solution but for that normalcy needs to return. It’s not possible for BCCI bigwigs to commit that IPL can happen at which particular slot”, he further added as quoted by Times of India.