BCCI can successfully conduct IPL if season opener between CSK & MI is played by 1st week of May
The deadly coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on a plethora of sporting, political and almost every major event that was scheduled in the spring of the 2020 season. From India’s bilateral One Day International (ODI) series with South Africa to English Premier League (EPL) – every major tournament and spectacle has been either canceled, postponed or is seeking a forthcoming date to resume its operations.
The 13th edition of the domestic cricket’s biggest extravaganza – the Indian Premier League (IPL) also received similar treatment as the cash-rich tournament was postponed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As all major federations and organizations are making sure that the health of players and fans remain the first priority, the fate of the IPL is also hanging in the balance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the latest development is expected to serve some good news for the IPL fans who are still impatiently waiting for the pandemic to leave the Indian shores.
According to reports, it has been learned that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still optimistic about conducting the cash-rich league this season. A BCCI official has revealed that the apex cricket board can take notes from the South Africa edition of the IPL which was concluded with 59 games in over 37 days.
“The latest we can wait is till the end of April. If the first game isn’t played by the first week of May then it will be almost impossible to have the league this year. Even if we have to wait till the end of April to follow all the procedures, we can take a cue from the South Africa edition and conduct the league successfully,” the BCCI official said.
If you remember, that was the shortest IPL with 59 games played over 37 days and we can do the same. But certain measures will have to be taken,” the official added.
The 13th edition of the IPL 2020 was expected to kickstart with the season opener between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) led by Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on March 29. However, the cash-rich league has now been postponed to April 15.