All-Star match called off before IPL 2020
The much-awaited All-Star IPL game which was scheduled to take place before the start of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has been called off.
Now there is no possibility of happening the match prior to the tournament.
Indian media cited reluctancy on part of the certain franchise teams as one of the prominent reasons behind the cancellation of the match.
Last month, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed about arranging an All-Star game featuring players from all the eight franchises of the league. The match was reportedly set to take place on March 25 in Mumbai, four days before the start of the IPL on March 29.
“It is at least not happening before the start of the IPL,”
an official of a south franchise was quoted as saying by the Ahmedabad Mirror.
The BCCI president also wanted to make this an yearly event. But lack of communication on part of the concerned authorities led the event ruined.
Another big reason behind the scenario is that the teams are not willing to unoccupied cricketers during the time they can utilize for promotional activity and camps.
Monetary issues are also luring over as there was no clarity over who would pay the players for the game.
The Indian Premier League this year is set to start on March 29 with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The final league game will take place on May 17.
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