Amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, no cricket is happening nowadays. It is even hard to think of rescheduling the canceled and delayed leagues as no one can say when the situations will get better.
The Indian Premier League (IPL), that was to kick off its thirteenth edition by 29th March, was rescheduled twice or thrice as the lockdown kept on extending. Although, the restrictions and the situations are ease than before and a bit of public movement has been allowed across the globe, so there are chances to league the ahead.
Consequently, the treasurer of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), Arun Dhumal, thinks that it will be too early to take a call on IPL amidst the situation.
BCCI: It is too early to take a call on IPL
He thinks that rushing for an early decision might hamper a fight with the Coronavirus hence, decisions are to be made wisely rather than rushing with concerning the player’s security at the topmost. Government allowance will be considered to organize the training camp before kicking off the league in the full swing, however, considering the situation, the board might choose to keep the league truncated and behind closed doors.
“Taking into account the restrictions on air travel and movement of people till May 31, the BCCI will wait further before organizing a skill-based training camp for its contracted players,” Dhumal said as quoted by Wisden.
“The board reiterates that the safety and well-being of its athletes and support staff is paramount and will not rush into any decision that can hamper or jeopardize India’s efforts in containing the spread of the virus,” he added.
“The BCCI will study guidelines at the state level and will work in sync with state cricket associations to chalk out a program for skill-based training at a local level,” Dhumal said.