BCCI postpones IPL 2020 indefinitely amid lockdown

BCCI postpones IPL 2020 indefinitely amid lockdown

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has officially been postponed indefinitely. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday, formally informed the eight IPL franchises that the 13th edition of the cash-rich league has been “indefinitely postponed” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the Government of India announced an extension for the lockdown till May 3, IPL chief operating officer Hemang Amin called each of the franchise owners and told them that the tournament could not be scheduled in the conventional window (April-May).

According to officials, the postponement was expected but with the BCCI announcement, it has been made formal. Hours after PM Modi's address to the nation, a conference call was held between the office-bearers on Tuesday.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, treasurer Arun Dhumal, IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel and Amin decided that the IPL cannot be held before the situation eases.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will the first time since the inception of IPL in 2008 that it will not be played during India's summer. So far, all the editions of the cash-rich tournament have been played between March and May. The 13th edition of the tournament was originally slated to be held from March 29, 2020, to May 24, 2020.

In March, as the coronavirus cases were on the rise, the BCCI had suspended the IPL till April 15. However, with the extension of lockdown, the T20 extravaganza has been postponed indefinitely for now.

While it is possible that the BCCI might be able to organise the tournament later this year, it is still premature to discuss the feasibility. Like all the other events in the world, the cricketing events will also be revised when things become normal. There is a possibility that the BCCI might look to hold the matches between June and December. The schedule for the same will have to be prepared, keeping the international fixtures in mind.

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