The chances of IPL 2020 moving forward are slim. The only silver lining is that BCCI is constantly working with other boards and governments to make the event a possibility.
The 13the edition of the cash-rich event was supposed to commence on the 29th of March. Unfortunately, the event was indefinitely postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Currently, the BCCI is trying to secure a slot during the latter part of the year to commence Indian Premier League 2020.
The one slot that the board has its eyes on is October-November. BCCI can secure this window for IPL 2020 only if ICC decides to cancel T20 World Cup 2020. The ICC is yet to make a final decision about the same.
The reason why IPL 2020 might be taking the window is because it is each player’s individual decision whether they want to participate or not. On the other hand, T20 World Cup requires 15 teams to travel across borders. So, considering the travel situation of each event, it is expected the former will move forward.
Former IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla, is of the opinion that any decision BCCI makes will be to benefit cricket and India. The board will not put players health at risk. Therefore, only after considering every aspect of the situation will BCCI make a decision.
“As far as IPL is concerned, they are keeping an eye on this and will take a proper decision on it. We have to see the benefit of our country, whatever would be in the interest of our country and cricket. They will take a proper step, there is no worry.”
“They will take a good decision while keeping in mind everything. I don’t think that we should comment on anything before the decision.”