IPL 2020 Will See a Shorter Season Due to Delay: Ganguly
BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly on Saturday confirmed that 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be a truncated one provided the situation improves amidst the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The Indian Cricket Board on Friday postponed the start of this year's IPL from March 29 to April 15 in wake of the pandemic, which has caused massive upheaval across the globe.
‘Safety is Most Important’
Ganguly, a decorated former India captain, was speaking to reporters after the end of the IPL Governing Council meeting here.
The Board's top boss reiterated that safety is their top priority, a day after the IPL was postponed and the three-match ODI series between India and South Africa called off.
The decisions to postpone the cash-rich league and the ODI rubber were taken hours after the Delhi government suspended all sporting activity in the national capital due to the ever-growing health crisis. Delhi is home to the Delhi Capitals IPL franchise.
‘Situation Will be Reassessed Every Week’
In the meeting between the franchise owners and the BCCI brass, six to seven options were discussed, including a curtailed IPL.
"We met with the owners, to tell them how it can happen and where do we stand at the moment. At the moment, it is just postponed. We will assess the situation," Ganguly said.
So far, India has recorded more than 80 positive cases and two deaths due to the pandemic which has claimed more than 5,000 lives globally while infecting close to 1,50,000.
The COVID-19 has led to either cancellation or postponement of top sports events across the world, and the IPL was no different.
There is a possibility that the tournament could feature more double-headers than previously planned and at least five optional venues are being kept ready after state governments of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi refused permission for the games.