BCCI confirms IPL to postpone indefinitely due to COVID-19, have plan B
Finally, the IPL 2020 was postponed indefinitely due to the corona virus epidemic. The official announcement to postpone the world’s most expensive cricket league was made on Wednesday. The board did not have any new plans for this tournament to be held from 29 March to 24 May.
The talks were earlier held in a meeting on Tuesday evening where top BCCI officials Sourav Ganguly (chairman), Jai Shah (secretary), Brijesh Patel (IPL chairman), Arun Dhumal (treasurer) and Hemang Amin (IPL chief operating officer) Were present. Prior to this, the IPL was postponed until 15 April and then 3 May due to the ongoing lockdown caused by the Kovid-19 pandemic.
BCCI had prepared Plan B
By changing the format, the board wanted to organize the IPL in June. Matches would have been half. Limited cities would get a chance to host. There was also the possibility that the tournament would be played without foreign players. If that were the case, it would not be a shock to foreign players. At the auction last December, a total of 62 foreign players were purchased by eight franchisees. Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins also became the most expensive foreign player in IPL history. KKR bought him for Rs 15.5 crore. Until now the tournament will not start, no money will be paid to any domestic and foreign players including Cummins.
As per the standard, the franchisees pay in two installments. One week before the tournament starts and the rest of the season is over. Earlier, the Indian government prohibited foreign travelers from coming to India under the new visa rule. After this, the Delhi government also passed an order and decided to cancel all the sports events in Delhi. Not only this, many other states including Maharashtra had also raised questions about the conduct of IPL.
According to BCCI sources, there will be a loss of Rs 3000 crore on cancellation of IPL. Earlier, Chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly gave a big statement about IPL. Sourav Ganguly had said that in the current situation it cannot be imagined. More than 10,000 people in India have been infected with the corona virus due to the corona virus, while 339 of these people have died.