Coronavirus: IPL cancellation on cards as BCCI decides to ‘wait and watch’
NEW DELHI: The cancellation of 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) looks inevitable with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under tremendous pressure after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the Covid-19 or coronavirus pandemic.
However, news agency ANI reported that BCCI has decided to “wait and watch” the current situation and will accordingly take action regarding IPL 2020. Also, BCCI will not hold any conference call with franchisees to discuss further course of action as there is no clarity.
"See IPL is already postponed till April 15 and we are watching the situation very closely. We will see how the situation develops and will take a decision accordingly. Currently, we are not thinking about all those things. Let these things settle down and then only we can start working on it. So, till April 15, we will wait and watch," ANI reported quoting a source.
The IPL 2020 was scheduled to commence on March 29. When the BCCI postponed the IPL to April 15 earlier in March, it said conducting the tournament would only come into the picture if the pandemic subsides. However, there hasn't been any remarkable change in the situation with positive cases crossing the 500-mark in India, including 10 deaths. - PTI