Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is one of the most awaited cricket tournaments which has been postponed for an indefinite period for the COVID-19 outbreak. With the extended phase of lockdown remaining in most parts of the country, nobody knows when things will become normal for cricket to make a comeback. One is for sure that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is leaving no stone unturned for organizing this year’s tournament. Canceling the event will result in a huge financial loss for the BCCI. But considering the present situation, chances of IPL 2020 happening this year looks extremely slim. And now even the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has expressed the same. Organizing the tournament in Indian this year becoming very difficult with coronavirus cases going up every day. In that scenario managing the event on foreign soil seems to be the only option left before BCCI. But Sourav believes that alternative is also looking distant.
We don’t know where it could happen: Sourav Ganguly
“If at all, IPL does happen, we don’t know where it could happen. India would certainly like to host the event, provided the environment is safe. Right now, we are not in a position to say anything. It is too early,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. IPL 2020 was supposed to begin on 29th March. But the tournament was postponed for an indefinite period due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Meanwhile, Ganguly mentioned that the revised schedule of IPL 2020 not yet been discussed. “We are yet to officially discuss the IPL schedule. But it depends on the safety of the environment. Saving human life and breaking the coronavirus chain is more important for all of us,” Ganguly said.
Even there have been rumors that IPL 2020 could take place during October-November window of this year’s T20 World Cup is postponed. But as of now, nothing looks certain. “We can’t say what will happen in the days to come. It is tough to predict. We are looking at all options. We are still not sure when cricket could resume,” concluded Ganguly.