The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is going through many concerns amid the threat of the coronavirus. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the start of the IPL 2020. The tournament that was scheduled to start on March 29 has now been suspended until April 15. However, certain reports suggest that BCCI finally decided to take a step forward with the growing virus scare in the country.
There have been several possible suggestions for the start of IPL 2020 that have appeared on the Internet in recent days. It all started when BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said the board could organize a shortened version of the IPL this year. However, what the BCCI boss did not say was how short the tournament will actually be. With the Indian government placing restrictions on the allocation of foreign visas, chances have also arisen that foreign players will not appear this season.
BCCI to take a call on IPL 2020 on March 24
According to sources, the BCCI decided to make a conference call with the franchises on Tuesday, March 24. The call was made so that Board officials can speak to each of the franchises. The intention will be to understand the needs and reserves of each of the franchise owners due to the COVID-19 scare. Discussions about whether the 13th edition of the IPL will be played will not take place during the call.
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In general, meetings of this type are held in a hotel. However, taking into account the situation of the spread of the coronavirus, BCCI decided to organize the conference call to avoid a social gathering. In addition to this, the decision also comes after the BCCI has decided to close it for some time. All employees of the institution where they are allowed to “Work from home”. Many of the state boards have also allowed Work from Home to their employees and closed their offices.
There have been rumors that the board could change the tournament to July and August. However, there has been no official confirmation from the board. There were words from BCCI President Ganguly suggesting that the governing council is following a wait-and-see approach. The IPL 2020 update is likely to arrive next week.