Coronavirus threatening the IPL, and Indian cricket overall

MUMBAI: Coronavirus, a Chinese originated virus, is in no mood to calm down as the whole world is trembling in fear of the virus. India, currently facing a phase 2 stage of COVID-19, is in a very crucial stage as if it fails to contain this virus at this stage, India should get ready to walk over corpses. So, there is no chance for anyone to think of anything else other than saving their and others’ lives by locking themselves in their homes and maintaining social distance.

Today, BCCI planned for a conference with IPL franchises to assess the situation and decide on the future of IPL 2020. But, as a precautionary measure to contain the virus, the conference was called off.

“…At this point in time, humanity comes first over everything else”, a KXIP official stated after the conference was called off.
It is already known that IPL-2020 is suspended till the 15th of April as a consequence of the ongoing pandemic. With the situation being very critical for the nation, there are more chances for the current edition of the Indian Premier League to get canceled. There is very little hope left even for the organizers to conduct the full-length tournament owing to COVID-19.

“I can’t even think about the IPL at this point. It is irrelevant, along with everything else. The only thing which is relevant is in what we are living in, and it is a world war three situation where we are fighting to help so many people,” Wadia(KXIP Official) said.

“The government has taken decisive steps. We often criticize the government, but for the proactive steps they have taken, we should applaud them. A country as big as India has suspended all flights. That is a very massive and positive step,” he added.

The most prestigious international sporting event, the Olympics, is about to be postponed for a later date, which indicates the seriousness of the situation. The government is not giving a second thought to allow foreign visas at this point in time. So with no foreign players, with not enough practice for the players, with not enough time available in calendar in later part of the year to be conducted, it is just a matter of time to get an official announcement regarding the cancellation of this edition of IPL.

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