IPL fate to be decided after April 15
With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to cause sweeping changes all around the world, the possibilty of the 13th season of Indian Premier League (IPL) going ahead looks very shallow.
Meanwhile the Sports Ministry of Indian government has also made it quite clear that the fate of the cash-rich tournament can be decided only after the government comes out with a fresh advisory after April 15.
According to the Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, though it is up to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take decisions on cricketing matters, the coronavirus pandemic is something which can not be ignored for its direct impact on the lives of the citizens.
“After April 15 the government will come up with new advisory and guidelines according to the situation. BCCI is a body that looks after cricket which is not an Olympic sport. But here it is not the question of the sporting event alone but a question of the safety of the citizens. In an event there will be thousands of spectators. So it is not just for the sports bodies or sportspersons it is for every citizen of the country,” he said.
The 2020 edition of IPL was supposed to begin from March 29 but on March 11 the BCCI put it on hold till mid-April after the Indian government issued a travel advisory which made it clear that foreign players wouldn’t be issued visas to come into the country.
Sourav Ganguly, the President of the BCCI, also informed that all calls regarding the fate of IPL would be taken keeping in mind the advisory from the government. He said this to the media after the meeting with IPL franchise owners last Saturday (March 14).