The Indian Premier League (IPL) was all set to go ahead by 29th March but the inconveniences caused by the Coronavirus within the country and across the globe have delayed the league until further notice with an eye on October-November window.
On the other hand, when the only option remaining for ICC would be cancelling the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 and shifting it to another window of either 2021 or 2022, BCCI might get an open window of October-November to place their cash-rich T20 league, IPL. Also, as there is a little ease in the lockdown, it can trigger scheduling IPL.
‘Unlock 1.0’ guidelines released by the Indian government have eased the BCCI’s hope of organizing the IPL 2020 extravaganza this year.
The hopes of hosting IPL increases for BCCI, the government releases Unlock 1.0 guidelines
“Based on an assessment of the situation, dates for restarting following will be decided for international air travel of passengers, gymnasiums, swimming pools, social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and large congregations,” read the order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Arun Dhumal, the treasurer of BCCI thinks if the situation goes positive, they can trigger sports activities in the future as well.
“It’s positive. If international travel resumes, and sporting activities will be allowed, then we can plan for the future,” he was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
Discussing the scenario whether to get multiple players together for the training camps, Arun said the board will have to wait for the things to be normalised again.
“As far as getting a pool of players together for a camp, again we will have to wait for things to normalise further. What we can have for now is individual players working in facilities in their respective cities, based on advice from state governments,” said Dhumal.