Coronavirus has been the most talked about topic over the last few months. The deadly virus so far claimed more than 3 lakhs lives. Thousands are reported positive. In fact the number of infected people is going up each day. Due to this global pandemic, the much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has been postponed for an indefinite period. This year a lot of cricket was scheduled to take place. Apart from IPL, The ICC T20 Men’s World Cup was also scheduled to be held during October-November in Australia. But COVID-19 has also made this tournament uncertain.
IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to start on 29th March. But with coronavirus cases reported from every corner of the country, BCCI was forced to postpone the cash-rich league. India is going through an extended lockdown period which will come to an end on 31st May. Now there are many assumptions regarding IPL 2020. According to a few media reports, if T20 World Cup is postponed, then IPL could take place during the September-November window. Though nothing has been finalized yet. BCCI is desperate to organize this year’s IPL. Canceling the event will cost a huge financial loss to the BCCI.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju opens up about IPL 2020
As India is still under lockdown, nobody knows when the event could take place. Now union sports minister Kiren Rijiju has opened up about the issue. He said that the fate of IPL 2020 would be decided by Narendra Modi-led central government and not by the BCCI. He made it very clear that the final call regarding the T20 tournament will be taken by the government and BCCI has to abide by the same. The minister told India Today TV Channel, ‘We can’t put the health of the nation at risk. In India, the government has to take a call and it will be depending on the situation of the pandemic, how we progress as a nation.’
The minister also added that “We can’t put the health of the nation at risk just because we want sporting events to be held. Our focus is fighting COVID-19.”