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Uncertainty on IPL Continues

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Published on March 30, 2020 with No Comments

The BCCI is under tremendous pressure as the cancellation of Indian Premier League looks inevitable after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a 21-day lockdown to tackle Covid-19 pandemic. When the BCCI had postponed the IPL to April 15 earlier this month, it had said hosting the tournament would only come into the picture if the situation around the pandemic improves.

 “I can’t say anything at the moment. We are at the same place where we were on the day we postponed. Nothing has changed in the last 10 days. So, I don’t have an answer to it,” BCCI president Ganguly is reported to have set.

Kings XI Punjab owner Ness Wadia was more forthright. “The BCCI should really consider postponing the IPL now. As a premier event, we need to act with great responsibility. Contemplation of IPL is inhumane right now,” KXIP co-owner Wadia reckoned. “Let us say even if the situation improves by May and I hope it does, who is going to come and play? Will the (foreign players) be even allowed to enter the country?” he asked.

The star-studded eightteam league was originally scheduled to start on March 29 in Mumbai. It seems the BCCI is deferring the announcement hoping against hope for things to improve.

The cancellation of the league may have serious financial implications on the franchises and a query on whether there would be insurance to guard against that loss was met with doubts by Ganguly. “I am not sure whether you can get insurance money. Because this is a government lockdown,” Ganguly said.

 

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