Twitterverse sad after IPL 2020 suspended until April 15

Twitterverse sad after IPL 2020 suspended until April 15

The BCCI will take a call later depending on the situation.

Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni
Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The much-awaited 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been impacted by the spread of the deadly COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The Indian government ministry of health issued its latest advisory “no public gathering takes place in any sporting event” and this meant that the tickets for the tournament opener on March 29 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai were cancelled by Maharashtra government.

There was a threat to the entire tournament being either cancelled or shifted to a later date than usual. The latter has happened that the BCCI announced that the start of the IPL 13 has been moved from March 29 to mid-April keeping with the advisory and government’s decision to change its travel advisory increasing restriction of visas for travel to India. All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till April 15, 2020.

This meant that no foreign players contracted to the eight IPL franchises would have been able to join their respective teams before the 15th of April, severely impacting their plans and strategies. The tournament is expected to be held behind closed doors in empty stadiums as the government banned mass gathering, but the franchises expected revenue from people watching the matches live on TV.

If the foreign players joined the tournament 15 days late, it impacts the revenue, as franchises felt their absence may lead the people to become disinterested in the IPL 13 as a whole. The likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, and many more are expected to perform in the upcoming season of the cash-rich IPL.

BCCI set to take a further call later

The postponement of the league may also mean that the window becomes shorter for the BCCI to stage the whole tournament. They might have to increase the number of doubleheaders to accommodate all the matches or change the format of the IPL for this season. The BCCI has also confirmed that they will take a call further depending on the situation.

The fans, however, were disappointed and sad with the postponement of the tournament. We have seen the madness of some fans which included praying to god for the success of their favourite team. But now their dreams to watch the game in the stadium, cheering for their favourite players, have been dashed as with the coronavirus being declared a pandemic, the IPL 2020 is expected to now be a TV-only event.

Here’s how Twitter reacted: