New Delhi: The Indian Premier Leagues (IPL) 13th version has been indefinitely postponed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday introduced an extension of the present nationwide lockdown until Might 3.
Chatting with IANS, a BCCI functionary mentioned that the present state of affairs requires an indefinite postponement and the franchises have been knowledgeable in regards to the growth and all are on the identical web page.
“We have to fight the pandemic and there is no choice for now. These are extraordinary times. We can’t talk about cricket and IPL at the moment so it has been indefinitely postponed and franchises have been informed about it,” the functionary mentioned.
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When contacted, two IPL franchises confirmed the event. “Yes, the BCCI has informed us and we also believe that there is no two ways about this that at present we cannot have an IPL. Let us hope for the best and hopefully we can have one later in the year when things return to normalcy,” an official of one of many franchises informed IANS.
The IPL was initially scheduled to be held between March 29 and Might 24, however was postponed initially until April 15 as a result of coronavirus outbreak.
It appears like, as of now the 2 choices of getting an IPL this yr are organising it in September and early October earlier than the World T20 in Australia or internet hosting it on the expense of the World T20 if the ICC, Cricket Australia and different stakeholders are all in settlement.
The Board of Management of Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly had admitted earlier that the possibilities of the 2020 season of the cash-rich league beginning any time quickly was bleak.
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Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi as we speak introduced that the continuing coronavirus lockdown can be prolonged until Might 3 within the bigger curiosity of the nation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asserting the choice, PM Modi mentioned that the precedence of the federal government is to avoid wasting every life and the present state of affairs has necessitated the powerful choices.
(With IANS inputs)