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COVID-19: BCCI to 'wait and watch' before taking decision on IPL

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Cary Erickson | 26 March, 2020, 23:53

The cancellation of this year's IPL looks inevitable with the BCCI under tremendous pressure after the declaration of a 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

"Nothing has been decided yet. So, I don't have an answer to it. Status quo remains", Sourav Ganguly told PTI.

On March 14, the BCCI top brass had a meeting with all the franchises and it was decided that the board will monitor the situation every week and then decide on the future course of action.

India's remaining two matches of the One-day worldwide series against South Africa series were called off, while the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was scheduled to start on March 29, has been postponed till April 15. Since then nothing has changed.

The former CAB president also said that if the state government wants, the Eden Gardens Indoor facility and the players dormitory could be provided to create a temporary medical facility just as the Pondicherry Cricket Association has offered to do.

The star-studded eight-team league was originally scheduled to start on March 29 in Mumbai.

Will the tournament be called off?

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"We were supposed to discuss the situation today over call with the IPL franchises, but we have chose to do it some time later in the week". We don't know yet.

The franchise officials had a conference call last week. "So it will be foolish not to cancel the league", a BCCI veteran said. If you remember, that was the shortest IPL with 59 games played over 37 days and we can do the same.

A second con-call was scheduled to be held on Tuesday, which was called off. And Sourav Ganguly's statement on the fate of the tournament has made it more or less clear that any chances of starting IPL 2020 is all but over.

"Lets say even if the situation improves by May and I hope it does, who is going to come and play?"

The world's richest cricket board has not yet pledged any donations to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. "All the cricketing operations are shut. So".

For the last couple of days, he is stuck at home, and is spending time with his family. "It is important for everyone to stay safe". The streets are empty. I have never seen such a thing earlier.