Former India cricketer Madan Lal feels any determination on the destiny of the 13th version of the Indian Premier League will be taken solely as soon as the scenario improves utterly amid the continued coronavirus pandemic.
The 2020 IPL season was slated to start out from March 29 however as a result of coronavirus outbreak, it stays suspended until April 15.
The whole nation is at present below a 21-day lockdown which ends on April 14. However, with there being an upstage within the variety of COVID-19 sufferers with every passing day, it’s doubtless that the lockdown will likely be prolonged, which means that IPL can’t be held within the close to future.
“IPL is a big brand. But the board can only take a decision once the situation improves and coronavirus is gone. At the moment, it’s on upstage. So, no one is going to take a risk,” Lal advised IANS.
“Once coronavirus is gone, cricket can obviously take place because it’s such a popular sport and is loved by all. Even the players would like to play in front of crowds and that can only happen once the situation fully improves,” he added.
The 69-year-old additionally insisted that there was no level of getting the IPL matches in entrance of empty stands with none spectators.
“There’s no point in playing IPL matches in front of empty stands. It’s not just about the players and the fans, it’s about other people who are also involved in the process while travelling, organising, broadcasting, etc,” Lal, who was a part of the 1983 World Cup-winning workforce, stated.
“Once situation improves, other series will also take place and BCCI can totally recover for the lost time.”
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh not too long ago stated that a whole lot of lives are on the road and that is why he will not thoughts enjoying with out spectators if the scenario calls for. Even Pat Cummins has backed the thought of getting a closed-door IPL.
The BCCI can also be wanting on the October-November window to host the event. But the transfer can solely be attainable if the ICC decides to postpone the T20 World Cup that’s to be held from October 18 to November 15 in Australia.