The Indian Premier League is a professional Twenty20 league which is held in India during the month of March and April every year. In this league, eight teams compete with each other. These eight teams represent eight different cities in India. This league was initiated in 2008 by the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India. Along with Indian players, foreign players from different countries such as South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, and other countries also participate in IPL.
IPL is one of the most popular and awaited sports event in our country. The Indian premier has been a great platform for young and emerging cricketers to establish their careers in the world of cricket.
This year IPL has been postponed by the Board of Control for Cricket due to the outbreak of a deadly disease known as coronavirus which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. Earlier the 13TH edition of Indian premium league was scheduled to be initiated on March 29th but due to the safety reason, BCCI decided to postpone the Indian premium league till April 15th.
The BCCI has to take this step as an as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation. In their recent statement, BCCI expresses their genuine concern regarding all the stakeholders and public health in general. They are also adopting necessary measures to make sure that all the persons related to IPL including fans to have a safe cricketing experience. It has been declared that BCCI will work in close coordination with the Government of India and other central and state government departments such as the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding this issue. The state government is taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the people, for instance, an official statement has been issued by the “Manish Sisodia “ who is the deputy chief minister of Delhi stating that no matches of IPL will be organized in the national capital. In his statement, he further added that the Delhi government has decided to ban any sports activity in which people will gather in large numbers such as IPL. This year the number of venues at which IPL will be played has been reduced as due to the safety reasons some governments have refused to hold IPL matches in their respective states.
Looking at the current situation the Sports Ministry has directed all the sports federations to postpone all teleports events until the situation improves. It has also directed them to hold all the matches closed doors if they are unavoidable. The participation of foreign players in IPL is also not conformed as their visas have not been approved until 15th April due to avoid traveling as this can increase the cases of coronavirus.
Not only IPL but other sports events such as the final two ODI of the South Africa series, which was two be held on 15th and 18th march in Lucknow is not being played due to the widespread outbreak of coronavirus in the country. It is also expected that IPL can get canceled in case it does not commence by April 20. The BCCI will conform to the final decision on this by April 10. It will be a huge look at BCCI as well as the players.
For further updates about IPL 2020, we will have to wait for the situations to improve.