Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has become more uncertain. The tournament was set to start on 29th March. But due to the spread of novel coronavirus, the tournament was postponed till 15th April. Meanwhile, the lockdown period has been extended to combat the emergency like situation cropped up as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the country. On Thursday the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended IPL 2020 until further notice.
“The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remain our top priority and as such, the BCCI along with Franchise Owners, Broadcaster, Sponsors and all the Stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so,” BCCI said in a statement, as published in Times of India.
The Indian cricket board also said that they will continue to monitor the situation. Coronavirus has taken a lot of lives across the world. Millions of people have been affected. The whole world is currently under lockdown. Many sporting events have been canceled. The biggest sporting events on earth – Tokyo Olympics 2020 also been postponed. Initially, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 21 days lockdown in India. This lockdown was supposed to end on 15th April. But keeping in mind the current situation across the country, the central government decided to extend the lockdown to 3rd May. Many crickets match already been put on hold. All the domestic leagues have also been canceled. Even this year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup looking a bit uncertain. Even though the tournament is a few months away, questions have been raised from various corners as to whether it will be feasible for Australia to host the tournament which is scheduled to take place in October-November, 2020.