The BCCI reportedly plans to do everything possible to ensure that the tournament takes place this year. Last week, the Indian cricket board suspended the IPL until April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As things stand, there is no clarity on whether the competition would start in April. But the BCCI is unwilling to give up its hopes of performing the IPL and reportedly plans to host the tournament in July-September if things do not improve in the coming days.
Until Saturday, when franchise owners met with BCCI officeholders and members of the IPL governing council to discuss the matter, playing a truncated league within a delayed and shortened window resembled ” Plan B “designated. But according to the Times of India, the BCCI does not want to perform a truncated IPL. BCCI wants all 60 games, if not now, later, if not in India, abroad, if not with all available players, some.
The Future Tours (FTP) Program for 2020 gives BCCI a window to organize the tournament in July-September. During those two months, all the major teams excluding England and Pakistan do not have a tight schedule. Pakistani players are not allowed in the IPL anyway.
The Asian Cup in September could make things difficult for India, who will also visit Sri Lanka in June / July for a short ODI and T20I series. BCCI is currently planning how to modify the schedule.
“The 2009 IPL – in South Africa – was played inside 37 days. That’s five weeks and two days. If that kind of a window is made available, the IPL can be held partly in India and partly overseas, or the entire tournament can be shifted, depending on how the Covid-19 situation is globally,” a source in the know of things told the Times of India.
Speaking of cricket in general, all major events in the game have been canceled or postponed due to the pandemic. Only time will tell how things will unfold in the coming days.