It is a matter of shame that IPL is not moving forward: Jos Buttler
The whole of India is in lockdown till April 15 due to the pandemic coronavirus. As a result, the franchise-based T20 tournament Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed till the 15th of April. Which was supposed to start from March 29.
But in the current situation, thinking about cricket is a daunting task. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL Governing Council are not making it up. IPL organizers want to wait until the situation returns to normal, despite various suggestions.
But England’s wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler could not accept such a setback about the tournament. According to him, the unpredictability and uncertainty that has been created because of coronavirus, is a shame for a tournament like the IPL.
A decision must be made about it quickly. Butler thought it should be canceled altogether, or the date of start of the tournament should be fixed.
“IPL is very big, very high in the standard of the franchise tournament. The revenue that is involved in IPL, too, is much higher. It is also a great tournament for cricket. It is a matter of shame that it is not moving forward, nor can anyone say when it will be taken down the field.”
“No one can say whether IPL will happen or not,” he added. “At present, it is uncertain how long this problem will be (COVID-19). So, it cannot be fixed now, whether the IPL will ever happen or not.”
Meanwhile, the tournament has been delayed for at least three weeks. If the situation is not normal then it is normal to go further back. But that would not make many foreign players available, Butler said.
“(If the tournament goes back), many of the foreign players may not be available,” he said. “Because there will be a national team game. Therefore, the situation should be normal and appropriate conclusions must be reached.”