Mumbai: BCCI postponed IPL -2020 event indefinitely. The BCCI said to the IPL franchises the event postponed indefinitely due to the extended lock down upto May 3. There is no scope for the league to take place during its designated window, said BCCI.
As per the reliable sources the BCCI has reached out to all the stake holders including the eight franchises and the broadcasters, to convey that the event stands postponed and not cancelled. It is learnt that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah were waiting for the government directive and once the lockdown was extended till May 3 on Tuesday, they saw no possibility of holding the IPL during its traditional April-May window.
Ganguly had repeatedly made it clear that the game cannot be a priority given the crisis that the country is facing. India currently has over 10,000 positive cases with over 350 recorded deaths, making it virtually impossible for the government to lift any of the restrictions put in place last month. The only window for an IPL in the current year would be between September and November, provided Cricket Australia and the ICC agree to reschedule the T20 World Cup. The six-month travel restrictions in Australia end on September 30 if the situation becomes normal and the World Cup is scheduled in October-November.