BCCI arranges conference via call with franchises on March 24
There have been several possible suggestions to the start of IPL 2020 which have surfaced on the internet in the last few days.
Updated - Mar 21, 2020 7:20 pm
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are going through a lot of worries amidst the coronavirus threat. The spread of the pandemic COVID-19 has halted the start of the Indian Premier League 2020. The tournament which was scheduled to start on March 29 has now been suspended till April 15. But, certain reports suggest that BCCI has finally decided to take a step ahead with the growing scare of the virus in the country.
There have been several possible suggestions to the start of IPL 2020 which have surfaced on the internet in the last few days. It all started with BCCI President Sourav Ganguly saying that the board could organise a shortened version of the IPL this year. Though, what the boss of BCCI didn’t state, was how short will the tournament actually. With the Indian government putting restrictions on the foreign visa allocation, the chances of foreign players not appearing this season have also emerged.
BCCI to take a call on IPL 2020 on March 24
According to sources, the BCCI has decided to conduct a conference call with the franchises on Tuesday, March 24. The call has been conducted so that the Board officials can talk to each of the franchise. The intent will be to understand the needs and reservations from each of the franchise owner in the wake of the COVID-19 scare. The discussions on whether the 13th edition of the IPL will be played or not will be decided during the call.
Generally, meetings of these types are held in a hotel. However, keeping in mind the situation of the spread of coronavirus, BCCI decided to arrange the conference call to avoid a social gathering. In addition to this, the decision also comes after the BCCI had decided to shut it’s office down for sometime. All employees of the institution where allowed ‘Work From Home’. Many of the state boards have also allowed Work from Home to their employees and shut down their offices.
There have been rumours that the board could shift the tournament to the month of July and August. However, there hasn’t been any confirmation by the board officially. There were words from BCCI President Ganguly which suggested that the governing council is following a wait and watch approach. The update of the IPL 2020 is likely to come by next week.