Foreign players could be stopped from playing IPL 2020: Reports
Bad news keeps floating in for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 tournament, with the new addition being the doubt over the participation of foreign players this season.
The new circumstance has appeared owing to the fresh visa restrictions on foreigners entering India due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020,” the Indian Health Ministry tweeted Wednesday.
Important decisions taken at the 2nd meeting of GoM on #COVID19 today.#SwasthaBharat @PMOIndia @drharshvardhan @AshwiniKChoubey @PIB_India @MIB_India @DG_PIB @MoCA_GoI @MEAIndia @PIBHomeAffairs @shipmin_india @DDNewslive @airnewsalerts
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) March 11, 2020
As per a report in Daily Mail’s sports section Sportsmail, IPL franchises are still confident that overseas signings will be given permission to join up as planned for the tournament.
However, it was announced on Wednesday that a new Indian government directive was suspending all existing visas – barring a few select categories – for those travelling between March 13 to April 15.
A total of five-dozen overseas players contracted for the tournament that runs from March 29 to May 24 this year are due to arrive in India during that period.
So this suggests that the eight IPL franchises – some of whom are even known to have shared their latest governmental advice with their playing imports – may need special exemptions.
Meanwhile with the Covid-19 virus fast spreading, including in the Maharashtra state where 10 cases have been detected (with two in Mumbai), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has called a meeting of the Governing Council of the IPL on Saturday when the fate of the cash-rich T20 tournament will be decided.