Conflicting reports are emerging regarding the fate of this year’s IPL in the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic that has upended the world. With the original window exhausted, BCCI is yet to officially announce its stance on the status of the annual league. Also Read - IPL 2020: 'Miyan, Ready ho Jao,' How Virat Kohli Boosted Mohammed Siraj's Confidence Before Stunning Bowling Spell
While news agency ANI claims BCCI has ‘indefinitely postponed’ the league, a leading English daily reports otherwise. Also Read - IPL 2020: Mohammed Siraj Wasn't Supposed to Open The Attack And Then Virat Kohli Had a Change of Heart
“What does ‘indefinitely postponed’ even mean? It’s an annual league so you’re not postponing it until April 2021 anyway,” The Times of India quoted a BCCI source as saying. “Right now, the call has been made only because the window that is reserved for IPL every year has run its course and the league won’t be played in that window (between April and May). It was more of an obligatory call, just like the ‘Force Majeure’ letter.” Also Read - IPL 2020: Mohammed Siraj's Record Spell Sinks Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi
What this effectively means, if accurate, is that the board is still keeping alive chances of holding IPL in 2020 depending on when the coronavirus pandemic is brought under control.
Reportedly, as its Plan B, BCCI will give IPL the preference, even over the T20 World Cup, should the situation improve before India’s tour of Australia in slated late this year.
“But right now, it’s not the right time to talk about ‘Plan B’. The important thing right now is to talk about ‘Plan A. ‘Plan A’ is to stay safe, stay quarantined, listen to what government authorities are saying, just like any other citizen of the country. Once this virus threat subsides any bit, and if it’s not too late in the year already (past October-November), we can talk about ‘Plan B’,” sources told TOI.
With the current scenario ending any hopes of staging the cash-rich league in the first half of 2020, the BCCI is still hopeful and wants to prepare should there be any improvement.