Coronavirus has halted all the cricketing events across the world. The much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has been postponed for an indefinite period after the lockdown period was extended until 3rd May. There have been many suggestions regarding an alternative schedule for IPL 2020. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not announced anything in this regard. It is not even possible for them to take any decision on this matter as of now. Unless normalcy returns to the country, cricket, or for that matter any other sport is not going to happen.
Meanwhile, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum suggested that this year’s T-20 World Cup can be postponed till next year and IPL 2020 can occupy the mega event’s slot. McCullum is also the coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He told Sky Cricket podcast, “I think the IPL will try and target that October window and T-20 World Cup will get pushed back.”
IPL 2020 postponed indefinitely
IPL 2020 was supposed to start on 29th March. But due to COVID-19, the tournament was postponed until 14th April. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced countrywide lockdown to fight the deadly coronavirus. However, the situation hasn’t changed a bit since then. Every day new cases of coronavirus infected patients are being reported. So, the government had no other options but to extend the lockdown until 3rd May. BCCI had to make the decision accordingly and hence IPL 2020 is further pushed back to an uncertain future.