The Covid-19 has wreaked havoc in the entire World, with the sporting World coming out as one of the biggest victims of the pandemic. Various sporting events such as English Premier League, NBA, F1, Wimbledon have been canceled or postponement until further notice. The gentlemen sport Cricket was the latest game to suffer a significant blow on Thursday. IPL governing body has decided to postpone the mega event indefinitely. The decision has been taken amid the national lockdown, which will last till 3rd May. However, the Sri Lankan cricket board has come forward to help the Indian cricket board. The cricket board of Sri Lanka has offered the BCCI to host the cash-rich league.
BCCI cancels IPL Indiefinetly:
IPL was scheduled to be played from 29th March. However, the 21-day lockdown forced BCCI to push IPL to 15th April, which was further pushed indefinitely, citing the extended lockdown announced by the Indian government. Jay Shah, the secretary of BCCI, announced the decision had been made, keeping in account the health and safety of the nation. He stated, “The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remain our top priority,” Shah said.
Shah further added, “BCCI, along with the franchise owners, broadcaster, sponsors, and all the stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”
On the proposal of a further date, Shah stated: “BCCI will continue to monitor and review the situation regarding a potential start date in close partnership with all of its stakeholders.”
Sri Lankan board offers the Indian cricket board:
The Sri Lankan cricket board has come forward to help the Indian cricket board. The President of Sri Lankan Cricket Board Shammi Silva told a local newspaper that the Indian board is likely to look into the proposal sent by the Sri Lankan board. He said that IPL and all its stakeholders would suffer significant financial losses if the league is canceled. Therefore, the offer will help the stakeholders to come out of the issue. He said: “If IPL is called off, Indian Cricket board and IPL stakeholders will have to bear a loss of more than USD 500 Million. So, it will be beneficial for them to conduct the league in another country as they did in 2009 in South Africa,”
Silva further added that “If we get the go-ahead from them to this proposal, we are ready to provide all the facilities necessary under the supervision of Sri Lankan health authorities. ”
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