‘We are yet to discuss the schedule’ – Sourav Ganguly opens up on the possibility of IPL 2020
Ganguly said that even if IPL happens this year, its venue is still in jeopardy.
Updated - Jun 1, 2020 5:42 pm
Over the past couple of months, the sporting scenario has come to a standstill due to COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic has spread havoc around the globe and even the sports fraternity has not been spared. There hasn’t been a trace of international cricket since the Australia-New Zealand ODI series and cricket fraternity is eagerly waiting for the resumption of sporting action.
Meanwhile, the announcement of ‘Unlock 1.0’ in India has served as a ray of hope for the BCCI to host the much-awaited IPL 2020 in the near future. With India opening up areas under green zones under ‘Unlock 1.0’, many fans are now anticipating the IPL 2020 to take place in the latter stage of the year.
However, nothing seems certain at the moment as the BCCI has still not cemented the possibility of hosting the cash-rich league. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, amid all the uncertainty, has stated that the board is looking at all the options but it’s tough to predict the future at the moment.
“We can’t say what will happen in the days to come. It is tough to predict. We are looking at all options. We are still not sure when cricket could resume,” said Ganguly as quoted by Sportskeeda.
‘I am really bothered by the way people are suffering’: Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly said that even if IPL happens this year, its venue is still in jeopardy. According to Ganguly, it’s too early to say anything as the board is yet to officially discuss the IPL schedule, depending on the safety of the environment. More than the IPL, saving human life and break COVID-19 chain is more important, according to the former India skipper.
“If at all, IPL does happen, we don’t know where it could happen. India would certainly like to host the event, provided the environment is safe. Right now, we are not in a position to say anything.
It is too early. We are yet to officially discuss the IPL schedule. But it depends on the safety of the environment. Saving human life and breaking the coronavirus chain are more important for all of us,” Ganguly said.
Ganguly also opened up on how he’s spending his time during the lockdown. He said that he has been home with his family but is really bothered by the way people are suffering due to the pandemic. Talking about the spread of COVID-19 in India, over 1.9 lakh people have tested positive so far and over 5000 individuals have succumbed to death.
“I have been at home only with my family. I am really bothered by the way people are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic. I can’t say how many people benefitted through my charity foundation. I am trying my best. We all are doing our bit in little ways to come out of this crisis,” said Ganguly amid the crisis.