Will overseas players take part in IPL 2020: There is a serious conundrum regarding the participation of overseas players in IPL 2020.
The threat of the outbreak of coronavirus has started to take a toll on Indian cricket as well. After the World Health Organization (WHO) decided to declare coronavirus as a “pandemic”, events all across the globe are either getting canceled or postponed.
While it was announced in the morning that the ongoing Road Safety World Series would be played behind closed doors, the afternoon saw the tournament getting postponed to avoid any threat.
The #RoadSafetyWorldSeries has been postponed due to #COVID19 but had fun playing in front the full house.Thanks to my team mates and the fans for all the support. Absolutely loved playing again. #cricket pic.twitter.com/pT3TjatE36
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 12, 2020
On a day which witnessed the maximum amount of changes in the forthcoming events, high chances of the next season of the Indian Premier League also being played behind closed doors were also observed.
While the first ODI of the ongoing South Africa’s tour of India got abandoned due to rain, the remaining two ODIs will be played in empty stadiums in Lucknow and Kolkata respectively.
Will overseas players take part in IPL 2020?
The Indian government suspending all visas until April 15 as a precautionary measure hinted at the absence of overseas players in IPL 2020. Given the impact of the development, it did the rounds throughout the day for the absence of overseas players would be the last thing which IPL 2020 needed in the present circumstances.
It is worth mentioning that the Indian government hasn’t suspended visas of the following nature – diplomatic, official, employment and certain other kinds.
Overseas players and coaches who travel to India are granted a B-Sports visa. It still remains unclear whether the government has suspended the B-Sports visas or whether they fall under the category of “certain other kinds”.
With the IPL Governing Council scheduled to meet on March 14 (Saturday) to discuss the future of IPL 2020, one can’t really confirm or reject the participation of overseas players in the tournament before that. Therefore, consider all the conclusions regarding the participation of overseas players at this point in time as baseless.