IPL to be shortened, if happens: Ganguly
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s President Sourav Ganguly on Saturday has informed that the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be a truncated one provided the situation improves.
“Safety is most important for the players and at the moment (with) what’s going around in the world and India with the government directives this is all we can do. We have postponed remaining domestic matches,” Ganguly told reporters on Saturday.
“If it (IPL) is (postponed till) April 15, then, in any case 15 days are gone, it has to be a truncated one. How truncated, how many games, I can’t say at the moment,” added Ganguly, a decorated former India captain, while speaking to reporters after the end of the IPL Governing Council meeting in Mumbai.
IPL, unarguably the richest cricket tournament in the world, was postponed on Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning instead of starting on March 29, it will begin on April 15 at the earliest.
Ganguly further revealed that with the current situation all over the world, everyone was forced to wait and see.
“We met with the owners, to tell them how it can happen and where do we stand at the moment. At the moment, it is just postponed. We will assess the situation,” said Ganguly.
“It will be re-assessed every week. I can’t say at the moment (about any deadline). It has to be worked around. As much as we want to host the IPL, we also need to be careful about the security.”