Coronavirus has produced a grim picture for the cricket fans across the world. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is one of the biggest cricket tournaments. Not just the Indians but millions of cricket junkies around the world wait for the yearly extravaganza. This year IPL was going to start on 29th March. Everything was going according to plan. But suddenly coronavirus has changed everything. The tournament never faced this much uncertainty. IPL 2020 has already been postponed till 15th March. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced lockdown across India. But the situation hasn’t improved a bit since then. Even though IPL 2020 is deferred until the 15th of this month, it is highly unlikely that the tournament is going to start after the said date. Former IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla also feels the same. He said it is next to impossible to start the 13th edition of IPL 2020 after 15th April. “I don’t see any preparation. Our priority is to fight coronavirus and save people. It will all depend on government’s decision”, said Shukla as quoted by Times of India.
Another major problem for organizing this year’s IPL is the availability of overseas players. Along with lockdown, excepting a few cases, the central government has also stopped issuing Visas. This will go on till 14th April. Since the coronavirus situation has not improved in the country, now there is every possibility that this lockdown period might even be extended. “We are hearing that the lockdown might be extended. In this situation if you think IPL can happen by 15th April, it seems not possible”, he added.
Not just IPL 2020, many other cricket events have already been either postponed or canceled due to coronavirus. COVID-19 has created a pandemic situation in India. So far 169 people have died and 5218 have been reported positive in this deadly virus.