The IPL 2020 is not going to proceed as per initial plans. The Board of Control for Cricket in India is in twists about how to go ahead with the event. The original date for this event was 29th March. Now, due to the precautionary measures of the Coronavirus, the BCCI is considering other potential dates.
Brijesh Patel, the chairman of IPL, attended a meeting with the franchises on the 14th of March. The advice of all eight franchises are looping in when deciding the date of IPL 2020. Keeping in mind the current situation in the world, the meeting concludes with five potential dates. The potential dates are 15th April, 21st April, 25th April, 1st May, and 5th May. Unfortunately, this event requires a considerable amount of time to accommodate all the matches. Therefore, it will need to commence on the 25th of April.
Now, there is a possible way to reduce the duration of the event. The Indian Premier League teams play each other twice. One game is going to be at home while the other will be an away game. However, if the teams only play each other once then the number of matches reduce. As a result, the duration of the entire tournament will reduce as well. On the other hand, the next option is to split the teams into two groups. Unfortunately, the franchises are not willing to consider this option.
An IPL 2020 official said, “The option of splitting it into two groups hasn’t found any takers as some marquee clashes will go missing from the calendar.”
Adding to that the IPL official who attended the meeting says that the 2009 season which took place in South Africa continued for 37 days. Hence, it is possible to have the entire event if it commences mid-April and continues till May-end.
The BCCI and IPL 2020 committee are trying to factor in all the aspects of the tournament. On top of that, all eight franchises are refusing to go ahead with the event without the foreign players. Considering the ban on foreign visas by the Indian Government, the IPL 2020 will have to wait until further notice.