IPL 2020 News: There have been a lot of speculations in the last month or so whether the IPL 2020 will be held or not but due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in India, PM Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown for 21 days till 14th of April to contain it.
But even now the situation hasn’t been promising and the lockdown has been extended to May 3, which forced the BCCI to suspend the tournament for now.
What does Honorary BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah have to say?
“Due to the evolving global health concerns regarding COVID-19 and lockdown measures implemented by the Government of India to contain the spread of the pandemic, the IPL Governing Council of the BCCI has decided that the IPL 2020 Season will be suspended till further notice.
The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remain our top priority and as such, the BCCI along with the Franchise Owners, Broadcaster, Sponsors and all the Stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
BCCI will continue to monitor and review the situation regarding a potential start date in close partnership with all of its stakeholders and will continue to take guidance from the Government of India, State Governments and other State Regulatory bodies.”
Due to the current situation, it’s quite evident that BCCI is not able to find a new window to host the IPL this year due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus and when this situation will get better.
When can the IPL happen?
So, let’s look at what the windows we have right now.
Due to the lockdown, it is impossible to conduct the IPL in May and June. In July too, due to the travel bans in various nations, it would not be possible to conduct the IPL. Many International Events in June-July have been already canceled for this year. And when we go towards June-July, the rainy season takes over and it won’t be possible to conduct an IPL in that window.
What about in August?
There is a West Indies vs South Africa Tests and T20Is series from July 15 to August 16. So we will not be able to see West Indian and South African players who mostly make up the overseas players list in most IPL Teams. So, the IPL can’t happen in this window.
Then after this series is over, West Indies will host their T20 Tournament the CPL, which will start from 19th August and end on 26th September. So, you won’t get a single West Indian player in that window and over that you won’t be able to see your favorite overseas players who play in the CPL.
For example, you won’t be able to see Sandeep Lamichanne, Imran Tahir, Lasith Malinga or a Rashid Khan in the IPL because they have existing CPL contracts in their hands and they cannot back off from there and play in the IPL. So, the September window looks vague too.
We also have England vs Pakistan series between August and September, then we will also miss the marque England Players (Rajasthan Royals will face the most problems). So, this writes off the possibility of IPL in August and September.
In September, we also have an Asia Cup and the dates cannot be pushed or canceled. The PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has made it clear that they won’t agree to accommodate the IPL in place of the Asia Cup.
He said, “I have read and heard about these speculations but right now just remember that having or not having the Asia Cup is not a decision between Pakistan and India it involves other countries as well,”
And after all these series and tournaments are done, the biggest international event of the year, World T20 2020 will be held from 18th October to 15th November.
So, What are the possibilities of IPL 2020?
The Possibilities of having an IPL between June-September looks very blink and I don’t see the IPL 2020 happening in that window. The only window we all can see right now is, the World T20 window between 18th October to 15th November, because currently, Australia has put a travel ban for 6 months and if that ban extends for one more month, we may see the dates for the World Cup shifting.
And if that happens (which is a very small possibility), then BCCI can conduct the IPL without any worries because it is probably the best season for sports in India, the winters. And over that, no other international team would have cricket to play, so all the overseas players would be available to play.
If this happens, IPL 2020 could turn out to be a blockbuster.