Sourav Ganguly to speak to BCCI officials regarding IPL 2020 on April 13
"We keep monitoring developments. At the present moment, we can’t say anything," Ganguly said.
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The coronavirus threat has put the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in trouble. The Indian Premier League (IPL) which was scheduled between March 29 and May 24th, has been suspended as of now. But, with the Indian government likely to extend the lockdown till April 30, there are clouds over the tournament entirely happening now.
A lot of speculations have been doing the rounds regarding the T20 league taking place this year. But the BCCI hasn’t confirmed anything as of now. However, in a recent interview, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly talked about the possibility of the IPL 2020 and the plans regarding the tournament.
Nothing is in favour of any kind of sport, says Sourav Ganguly
When asked about the future of the IPL this year, he revealed that the BCCI has been monitoring things. He said that the current situation won’t allow the board to hold the IPL in any way while also anticipated that the lockdown could go on until mid-May.
“We keep monitoring developments. At the present moment, we can’t say anything. And what is there to say anyway? Airports are shut, people are stuck at home, offices are locked down, nobody can go anywhere. And it seems this is how it’s going to be till the middle of May.
Where will you get players from, where do players travel. It’s just simple common sense that at the moment, nothing is in favour of any kind of sport anywhere in the world, forget IPL”, Ganguly said while speaking to the New Indian Express.
There were reports that BCCI is looking forward to holding a shortened IPL but that seems quite unlikely to happen at least in the month of May. A BCCI official had also revealed that the board could hold the entire season in small duration if the tournament starts early-May.
He was also asked about the announcement regarding the tournament. To this, the BCCI boss said he needs to speak to the office-bearers of the board before making any comment. “I will be able to give an update on that on Monday after speaking to the other office-bearers (of BCCI). But practically speaking, when life has come to a standstill everywhere in the world, where does sport have a future in this”, Ganguly added.