IPL 2020 on the verge of cancellation after PM Narendra Modi announces 21-day lockdown

BCCI is yet to take decision on the feasibility of IPL 2020.

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IPL 2020 might not be organized this year due to the outbreak of Coronavirus after PM Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, announced a 21-day lockdown, which was a major blow for all the cricket fans. Also, the Olympics, one of the biggest sports event in the world has also been postponed for one year.

And looking forward to the current situation, the 13th edition of the cash-rich league looks next to impossible. The day is not far when BCCI might abandon this season of the much-awaited tournament.

COVID-19 pandemic effects are alarming and it has left a big question mark on the lives on the planet earth. Nothing looks normal and the governments are still searching for a solution. However, they have failed to get some breakthrough success over the same. The officials have nothing in their hand but to console people for a better life in the near future.

‘Postponing IPL 2020 will be a good decision’: Ness Wadia

At the moment, the situation is no different from the day when BCCI postponed the league to mid-April. Recently, Ness Wadia, the co-owner of KXIP had suggested that BCCI should postpone the tournament. It is one of the biggest cricket league and the board should act accordingly. It is not good to organize the league in these conditions. He also added that human lives are more important than IPL.

The KXIP co-owner had put forward a scenario saying that if IPL is postponed to May, the big question is who will come and play at that time. Will the government allow overseas players to even enter the country?

“The BCCI should really consider postponing the IPL now. As a premier event, we need to act with great responsibility. Contemplation of IPL is inhuman right now. We need to save lives, not IPL,” Ness Wadia said as quoted by The New Indian Express.

“Let’s 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?” Wadia added.

A BCCI official said that if Olympics can be postponed for one year, then IPL is still a very small tournament in comparison to it. At the moment, the government is not even thinking about granting foreign visas. He also stated the fact that after 21-day lockdown, everyone can be hopeful that the conditions will improve. But, there will be lots of restrictions from the government and so, it will be a good decision to cancel this edition of the league.

“If the Olympics can be postponed by a year, IPL is a much smaller entity in that regard. It is becoming increasingly difficult to organise. At this point, the government is not even thinking about allowing foreign visas. With 21 day lockdown, it is virtually impossible that things will return to normalcy by April 14. It might improve but a lot of restrictions will be in place. So it will be foolish not to cancel the league,” the BCCI official said.