Due to the out break of corona virus in India, the scheduled IPL may get postponed. Previously Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB) postponed the Asia X1 vs World X1 International T20 matches scheduled to play on March 21 and 22. BCB announced the squad after confirming with the players regards their participation.
In addition to the IPL controversy Indian government ordered fresh visa restrictions to contain the spread of novel coronavirus even as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to adopt a wait and watch policy for now. Government issued fresh advisory with a ban on all existing foreign visas, except a few categories like diplomatic and employment. Thus it makes BCCI to wait for the next couple of days to make the decision regarding the IPL postpone.
“Please give us two days. It’s not possible to give you concrete details at the moment,” a senior Board office bearer told PTI on Wednesday.
The BCCI seems jittery about the 60-odd foreign cricketers, who travel to India for the IPL. The board said it is not yet clear on whether visas to these players also stand cancelled.
“All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International organisations, employment and project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020. This will come into effect from 12:00GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure,” the statement from the government said.
The BCCI is under pressure about their decision over IPL postpone as the Legends T20 meet games between India Legends and West Indies Legends has been cancelled. All time favourite Sachin Tendulkar and Brain Lara is set to face each other in this match.
In addition to this Karnataka state Government denies to host IPL matches in order to prevent the spread of corona. Karnataka state government has written a letter to the central government requesting for the postponement of the IPL. Earlier, the Maharashtra government also raised its concerns regarding the scheduling of the IPL. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had revealed that he believes that the IPL can be organised later.