An announcement by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has raised hopes of an early return to the Games in the country. With this, the BCCI, which is engaged in the efforts of the IPL event, has also raised hopes about this T20 league.
Rijiju said that –
“I’m happy to inform sportspersons and all concerned that sports activities will be conducted in sports complexes and stadia strictly in accordance with MHA guidelines and that of the States in which they are situated.”
This statement of Rijiju was allowed by the Ministry of Home Affairs to reopen the sports complex and stadiums during the fourth phase of the lockdown extended till 31 May in the country, although the audience is not allowed in it.
I'm happy to inform sportspersons and all concerned that sports activities will be conducted in sports complexes and stadia strictly in accordance with MHA guidelines and that of the States in which they are situated. However, use of gyms & swimming pools are still prohibited. pic.twitter.com/zDHECy09iF
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) May 18, 2020
The BCCI itself has admitted that in the event of not having an IPL this year, it could lose up to Rs 4000 crore.
Considering the ban on international travel due to Corona, many franchises are ready to host IPL 2020 with Indian players only, but some teams like Chennai Super Kings are not in favor of having IPL without foreign players.
If IPL 2020 is possible, then it is almost certain that it will have to be held in an empty stadium without an audience. Despite the conditional permission for the sporting events, it will take the cricketers a long time to regain their momentum after the lockdown that has been going on for two months
For this, BCCI is going to start the training of players. Also, the BCCI has made it clear that the safety and health of the players is its first priority and it will follow the government guidelines for IPL events.
BCCI seeking for a window for IPL 2020
It is believed that the BCCI is exploring the possibility of organizing the IPL in September-October this year. BCCI is also emphasizing the September-October window due to rainy season in the country in July-August. But the T20 World Cup is to be played in Australia in October, so the availability of that window will not be easy.
In such a situation, it will be interesting to see how and when BCCI makes its way to the IPL event. Well, with the permission of organizing sports activities, the hopes of organizing the IPL 2020 have rekindled.