With the nationwide lockdown being extended in India till May 3, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season has been suspended indefinitely. The 2020 season, which had earlier been postponed to April 15, will not be held in ‘the regular summer window’, ESPNCricinfo reported Wednesday.
All eight franchises were informed of the decision by Hemang Amin, the IPL’s chief operating officer, according to the report. Amin reportedly told the franchises that, following the extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 3 by the Indian government, there was no possibility of hosting the event in the regular summer window.
The decision follows a meeting among the BCCI’s top brass over a conference call on Tuesday evening. Among those involved in the discussions were BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal, and Amin.
We had earlier reported that the Indian Premier League will not be held this year due to the pandemic. The Indian board is believed to be waiting for an announcement from the Indian government and sports ministry on visas before it makes the news official.
The Indian Express understands that if IPL happens next year then there will be no mega auction. Instead, the status quo will be continued and IPL franchises allowed to pick players if they want too.
The IPL was originally scheduled to be held between March 29 and May 24, but was postponed initially till April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak.