The coronavirus outbreak has hit the world and wreaked havoc on the sporting calendar with numerous games and events either getting delayed, or being shifted to closed-door games. Is IPL 2020 next in line?
The effect of coronavirus has been so magnanimous that even the Olympic Games 2020 have come under threat and there have been talks of the global mega-event getting cancelled. When the out-turn has been such upscaled, how could one of the most important events in the cricketing calendar not fall prey to it?
- Coronavirus to mar Indian Premier League
- What does Sourav Ganguly has to say about IPL 2020 delay?
- Coronovirus Effects — First FIFA, then Olympics, Now IPL.
Indian Premier League — IPL 2020, the much anticipated sporting extravaganza, that sees players from across the globe, is a little over three weeks away, but with growing cases of the coronavirus across the globe, including quite a few in India lately, there are speculations of the event getting postponed in wake of a more secure environment for the players and the fans.
Coronovirus to mar Indian Premier League
Unlike Jurgen Klopp, who quashed questions directed at him on coronavirus recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly got on the frontfoot and lambasted any speculations surrounding the delay of the league.
Nothing in India. Not even discussed it (Coronavirus)Sourav Ganguly
Meanwhile, IPL Governing Council chairman Brajesh Patel also ruled out any threat but said they are keeping a close watch.
There is no threat as of now but we are keeping a tab (on the situation)Brajesh Patel
The lethal disease has taken over 3,100 lives and put another 90,000 under the weather, globally, and has been dictating the terms world-over. The rising number of cases, even in India, is more of a suggestive that now, or later, the virus will take a toll on the cash-rich league, affecting the schedule of the league.
IPL 2020 Is Next To Fall Prey To The Virus
The directive has been to avoid large gatherings and of carrying masks and sanitizers along, but with scrutinized security at the IPL stadiums, this might prove to be another deterrent to the IPL 2020 not falling prey to the coronavirus, and running on schedule.
Another point of note is that BCCI President Sourav Ganguly recently missed the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting, which was scheduled for March 3, 2020, to be held in Dubai, after over 700 cases of coronavirus were reported in UAE, leading to an alarming situation in the middle-east.
“Ganguly was supposed to leave on the 1st, but coronavirus scare in the UAE has led to the postponement of the meeting,” a BCCI source told PTI.
It will make for an interesting next week or so, where there could be numerous developments on the possible delay of IPL 2020 because of coronavirus, and the final decision may be taken with the preparations already underway.
The article is written by – Anubhav Roda