Despite the coronavirus threat that has brought the world to a standstill, England and Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler hopes that players would be able to play at least a shortened version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. The IPL was supposed to start on March 29 but was postponed to April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic. With India going into a three-week lockdown starting on March 5, there is now uncertainty if the organisers will be able to start the tournament after April 15. Also Read - RR vs DC Dream11 Team Prediction VIVO IPL 2021: Captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Today's Probable XIs For Today's Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals T20 Match 7 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 7.30 PM IST April 15 Thursday

“No news at the moment. We saw, initially, that it was going to be postponed. It’s very hard to see this changing in the immediate future, so I don’t see that as a possibility at the moment,” Buttler said in a Skysports podcast. “Obviously, it’s such a massive tournament for world cricket, so hopefully some of it can go ahead — perhaps a shortened tournament.” Also Read - Delhi Logs 17,282 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, 9,952 Recoveries In Last 24 Hours

Over 600 cases have been reported so far in India and nine deaths due to coronavirus. As has been the case in most parts of the world, the viral spread has led to a freeze on sporting activities in the country. Also Read - IPL 2021, RR vs DC Match 7 in Mumbai: Weather Forecast, Pitch Report, Predicted Playing XIs, Toss Timing, Squads For Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals

India’s home ODI series against South Africa had to be postponed due to the scare over the virus while other sports tournaments have all been canceled after the Sports Ministry’s order to cease all sporting activities a week ago.

(With agency inputs)