Known for its unity in diversity, India has so many religions that naming each religion can be really tiresome. Even so, one religion that each and every Indian cherishes is cricket. Not only is cricket a religion for Indians, but it is celebrated in every corner of the country. Indians started playing cricket, which can be called as the legacy of the British, in the early 17th century, unofficially, but it was in the 19th century that it got official status.
As the world faces inevitable challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic today, the Indian premier league matches have been postponed for good.
The board of control for cricket in India is planning to postpone the dates for the Indian Premier League, 2020. Originally, the Vivo IPL 2020 was supposed to be held in March of this year, but the growing number of cases in India made it impossible to host. Mumbai, where stadiums are in abundance with good connectivity to hotels, was also being considered as a venue to host the tournament.
But Maharashtra, unfortunately, being one of the worst affected states, made it impossible. So, hoping for a downtrend in the Covid-19 cases, the BCCI has finalized the months between September and November for conducting the tournament. However, if things don’t get normalize by this time, the IPL is likely to be played outside India; in the UAE during the months of October and November, which is subject to the government’s nod.
The national camp, which was scheduled in mid-July that the BCCI was planning for centrally contracted cricketers, too had to face postponement. With the severity of the cases leading to continuous and stricter lockdowns, the BCCI itself has been helpless so far.
Furthermore, with the increasing chances of Vivo IPL cricket getting postponed to the year-end, that too in a restricted space and without spectators, the tournament can stretch to the early schedule of India’s tour to Australia.
India is expected to play four warm-up matches before the first test with the first test series beginning around the 10th of December this year, sources confirmed. Post the ODI series in Australia, the Indian team will return to India. The ODI series in Australia is expected to be completed within the span of a week after the test matches are done with, paving way for India for its England tour.
The board, in order to ensure that all matches are played at prime time, with stakeholders getting a chance to make up for the lost time and money, is more likely to prepare a schedule that fits all the parties.
Thus, to sum up, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly recently has written to the state associations asking them to be well-prepared for IPL even if it is played behind closed doors. So it has been learnt that the BCCI intends to conduct the premier T20 league by the end of this year, somewhere between September 26 to November 8.
No matter whether the tournament is held in September or December or even next year, in India or outside India, no cricket fan can ever give up on the sport. Live scores of the IPL can be caught on cricdaddy.com. The Indian premier league match list has also been put up with MI vs CSK as the first match. So just stay tuned to cricdaddy.com IPL 2020 news for all the latest and upcoming updates.