After the out break of corona virus many scheduled sports event have been collapsed globally. The cash rich Indian Premier League(IPL) also affected due to the corona out break. Previously IPL has been scheduled to start from March 29 with an opening match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday met the Indian Premier League franchises owners at the Board headquarters here in Mumbai to discuss the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact on the upcoming season.
Possibilities of IPL
An BCCI official hints that IPL would cancelled if it misses April 20 deadline. The BCCI took this decision on behalf of the safety measure to prevent the spread of corona virus. Experts comes out with six possibilities if the IPL begin in mid of April.
One of the first options presented in the meeting was the diminish of the IPL for this season.
The second option is of dividing 8 teams into two groups of four. The team finishing at top two at both groups will play the play-offs.
The third option is to increase in the double-headers matches. This year only 6 doubleheaders were scheduled which was making it a 50-day long tournament.
The fourth option is holding all matches in just a couple of centers with restricted movements of players, support staff and TV crew, to prevent the spread of the virus
The fifth option is to play behind closed doors (empty stadiums) and has all the 60 games in a shorter time frame which will ensure that the stakeholders do not lose out truckloads of money.
Finally the last option seems to have more possibility as BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, after the meeting told that the number of matches will be reduced if IPL takes place this year since the window of the tournament will be massively reduced after postponement.
Ganguly said, “It will happen, because if it is April 15, then, in any case, 15 days are gone, it has to be truncated. How truncated, how many games, I can’t say at the moment.”
Every IPL fans expect to see their stars in game as expected that too Dhoni fans are very eager to see their THALA in game after 8 months of waiting. The former Indian captain plays his last match against New Zealand in the world cup 2019.