It is unlikely for IPL 2020 to happen this year owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The BCCI has suspended the tournament till April 15. However, with 21 days lockdown in the country, the chances of BCCI conducting the league looks bleak.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League was scheduled to start on March 29,2020. But after the government denied issuing visas to the foreign players till April 14, the cricket board decided to postpone the IPL.
Though there is no official confirmation for the BCCI about the fate of the league, it is almost confirmed that IPL is not going to start from mid-April. The coronavirus is spreading at an alarming rate in India.
Due to this, many former players like Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen and Sanjay Manjrekar are in support of a shortened IPL. They believe that it is important for IPL to happen as it kickstarts the cricket season. Therefore, if circumstances are not in the favor, BCCI can opt for a curtailed IPL.
Now, the former Australian cricketer Dav Whatmore has mirrored the opinions of his fellow mates. He also admitted that the BCCI should go for the truncated tournament.
Whatmore said, “Keeping in mind the situation and the need to come out of it, I think a shortened IPL is possible. Once the situation improves, one must give it a try,’’
Dav Whatmore is the Australian cricket coach. Talking about the availability of the Australian players in the IPL 2020, he assured that the Australian cricket board will not stop the players. It would be cricketers call if they wish to participate in the league amidst the coronavirus scare.
The veteran informed, “Cricket Australia will give them permission to play. If not, at least make it optional for players to make their own mind and play.”
However, all of this depends on the decision taken by the BCCI and the central government.