Tuesday Mar 24, 2020
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is now under an even bigger cloud of uncertainty as the Board for Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has had to postpone even a conference call involving all franchise owners to decide the tournament's fate, Press Trust of India reported on Tuesday.
With over 400 reported cases and nine deaths from coronavirus in India, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia expressed no interest in staging the glitzy T20 competition amid a global pandemic.
. "...humanity first, everything else comes second. The situation has not improved so there is no point in even talking about it. If IPL doesn't happen so be it," Wadia said.
"IPL is irrelevant along with everything else. The only thing which is relevant is in what we are living in and it is a world war three situation where we are fighting to help so many people," Wadia said.
The star-studded eight-team league was scheduled to begin on March 29 in Mumbai but with the current crisis the event is most likely set for a cancellation.
"There is no point in discussing anything. The whole country is in a lockdown. We have to deal with matters much more important than IPL," added an anonymous franchise official.
"If Olympics can be postponed by a year, IPL is a much smaller entity in that regard. It is becoming increasingly difficult to organise. At this point the government is not even thinking about allowing foreign visas," a BCCI official in know of things said.