Sourav Ganguly rules out cricket: The President of the Indian board doesn’t think that the sport will resume in the country in the near future.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who was elected as the President of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) last year, would have overseen the 13th season of the Indian Premier League in normal circumstances.
Since the novel COVID-19 pandemic has taken over, the biggest T20 league is among the many cricketing tournaments which have either been delayed or cancelled in a bid to prioritize health over sport.
The uncertainty around the future of IPL 2020 had invited multiple reports which ranged from IPL 2020 expected to get canceled to its starting date delaying to September-October to October-November. With the October-November window currently with the ICC T20 World Cup, a report indicates its postponement as well.
Sourav Ganguly rules out cricket in India in the near future
Ganguly, who had pointed out “no change in the situation” as a reason behind him not being able to provide a concrete answer regarding IPL 2020 last month, has ruled out cricket in India in the near future.
In a recent interview with The Times of India, Ganguly opened up on the fact that Bundesliga being played in Germany doesn’t guarantee resumption of sports in India especially when there is a risk to life.
“The social reality of Germany and India are different, there will be no cricket in India in the near future. There are too many ifs and buts involved. More importantly, I don’t believe in sport when there is a risk to human life,” Ganguly was quoted as saying.
As far as India’s international schedule in 2020 is concerned, they are slated to play the Asia Cup, T20 World Cup 2020 and then remain in Australia for a five-match Test series. Other than the IPL, India have no major international tournament to be played in India this year.