Kolkata: Locked at home amid the lockdown in West Bengal due to the coronavirus pandemic, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said he never thought his city would wear a deserted look with virtually no one on the streets.
The fate of the IPL 2020 is likely to be decided on Tuesday, March 24 when BCCI officials sit down for a video conference with franchise owners to decide the way forward. However, it has only worsened since then with cases surging towards the 500-mark in India. The election of executive committee in the Karnataka State Cricket Association slated to take place on March 21 was also postponed till April 4, giving clear indications that IPL was far from anyone's minds. If you remember, that was the shortest IPL with 59 games played over 37 days and we can do the same. The global COVID-19 death toll is nearing 19,000. "So, I don't have an answer to it. Status quo remains", Ganguly told PTI. Nothing has changed in the last 10 days.
"If Olympics can be postponed by a year, IPL is a much smaller entity in that regard". Anything that is need of the hour, we will do it.
"We are not even discussing IPL right now". The 13th edition of the IPL was scheduled to commence on March 29, however, the spread of coronavirus forced the postponement of the league until April 15. However, a BCCI official recently revealed the BCCI is planning to have the entire tournament if things get better and they can start it by the first week of May.
The franchise officials had a conference call last week.
Amid the ongoing complete lockdown, it is becoming increasingly hard for all the stakeholders to work out an alternate plan. "At this point the government is not even thinking about allowing foreign visas", a BCCI official in know of things said. It might improve but a lot of restrictions will be in place.
A BCCI official said on Monday that while it is very hard to predict the fate of the IPL this year at present, the board can still conduct the league taking a cue from the pattern that was followed when the tournament was taken out to South Africa.