IPL 2020 will not happen this year: The prospects of conducting the 13th season of the cash-rich league appear bleak according to a report.
The continuous increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in India doesn’t speak highly about the current situation. There is no going into a safe house regarding the fact that the novel coronavirus has affected major businesses around the globe including sports.
The 13th season of the Indian Premier League, which was originally scheduled to begin yesterday, has been delayed till April 15 and is one of the many cricket tournaments which have been affected by the “pandemic”.
While a BCCI source recently opined regarding the first week of May being the deadline to start IPL 2020, BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) President Sourav Ganguly had opened up against giving a “concrete answer” due to no improvement in the situation.
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IPL 2020 will not happen this year
If a recent development is to be believed, IPL 2020 is highly likely to be cancelled considering the risks involved with conducting such a grand tournament in the nation.
In a recent interview with The Indian Express, a source in privy to the BCCI announced the aforementioned development. The source also mentioned that the mega auction, which was slated to happen before IPL 2021, will also be postponed for at least a year.
“IPL will not happen this year. It will now happen next year. We all know how the situation is at the moment in the country and no one will take any risk.
“One can’t have social distancing in the stadium. It’s better to play IPL next year. Also, no mega auction will take place. We will inform the franchises once we get final confirmation from the Indian government, the same season can continue next season,” the source was quoted as saying.