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IPL 2020 : BCCI Official Arun Dhumal gave an Update on 13th Edition of IPL that Postponed Amid Corona virus

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Dhumal has expressed his thoughts on whether the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) can be hosted later this year or not.

Due to the rapid spread of novel corona virus many scheduled events has been postponed. The most anticipated event of the year 2020 too face the same fate. The cash rich Indian Premier League has been postponed to mid of April.

BCCI’s previous announcement

Earlier BCCI scheduled to start the match from March 29, the out break of corona virus made this huge event to postpone. BCCI after discussing with IPL franchises comes out with a decision to host the IPL later.

But the postponed IPL date too get in oscillation when Indian government imposed a 21 day lock down nationally. BCCI seeks its all possible way to host the tournament as it would cost a huge loss to BCCI board.

IPL update

As the lockdown has been extend, hosting of this cash rich league gets in oscillation. According to Dhumal, it is still way too early to determine if the cash-rich tournament can be hosted later this year near October-November.

“Right now, the picture is very hazy. We don’t even know when the lockdown will end and if we don’t know, how can we even have a meaningful discussion.”

“Once we get clarity from the government, we can then sit and take fresh stock of the situation. Any speculation about its future will be premature,” Dhumal was quoted as saying by PTI.

Speaking on the current situation in the country amid COVID-19 outbreak, Dhumal stated: “Everyone wants IPL to happen but let’s have some clarity first. Our office-bearers are in constant touch. It’s not just IPL but there is a huge amount of pending administrative work, legal issues that need to be studied. But there was no conference call scheduled today as there is nothing to discuss till the current situation persists.”

The virus has brought all sports activities to a halt and players are practising social distancing and self-isolation during the pandemic. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the governments all around are urging people to stay at home.

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