Lockdown extension puts future of IPL 2020 in doubt


Lockdown extension puts future of IPL 2020 in doubt
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On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an extension for the 21-day lockdown across the country till May 3. As the lockdown gets extended, the future of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) seems bleak. It is possible that the 2020 edition of the cash-rich tournament might get cancelled.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak in India, the IPL was scheduled to begin from March 29. As PM Modi announced a 21-day lockdown till April 14, the tournament was postponed till April 15. However, just when people thought that the lockdown would be eased on April 14, PM Modi in his 10:00 am address, on Tuesday, announced that the government has decided to extend it till May 3.

Due to which, it is unclear whether the tournament will be postponed or cancelled. It is expected that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will come forward with an official announcement on April 15.

There is a very meagre possibility that the tournament will be held after May 3 since the players from various countries who feature in the two-month-long extravaganza will have to appear for international matches. Alongside, there is no assurance that the lockdown would be completely lifted after May 3 as the government will take a call based on the situation then.

PM Narendra Modi himself said during the address that it would be a problem for the country if the number of cases did not stop increasing after May 3.

However, not all hope is lost for cricket lovers. There is a possibility that the BCCI might look to organise the tournament between June and December. The schedule for the same will have to be prepared, keeping the international fixtures in mind.

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