All cricket events and sports activities are postponed due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic, which has spread all over the world. The world’s largest cricket league Indian Premier League (IPL) was also delayed to April 14 in March and then again; it was later postponed indefinitely. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took this decision because of the worsening situation due to the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, now reports are coming that after Sri Lanka, UAE has also proposed before the BCCI to organize the IPL. If BCCI agrees to this, then this will not be the first time that UAE will host the IPL. Before this, the UAE hosted 20 matches of the IPL because dates were clashing with the 2014 general elections in India. After this, the second phase of the tournament was played in India. South Africa is another country which hosted it once in the history of 12 years of IPL. Due to the election in 2009, the entire tournament was shifted to South Africa, and the IPL received a great response there.
But, BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal has said that right now, there is a ban on international travel due to the lockdown, so there is no point in considering it. He said that the safety and health of players are always important for the BCCI. He stressed that no international travel is possible at this time, and that is why they cannot decide on it at this time.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said players are the pride of the country, IPL
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said the players are the pride of the country and that any risk to their health and safety can not be taken. He said that salary would not be stopped in any of these difficult times. The emerging players have gone home and will call us again. He also appealed people to do something for the needy so that they don’t have to go through much trouble.
Rijiju also said that the government would also help the National Sports Federations. He said now games would also move forward in a new way due to coronavirus lockdown. He added that in the future, stadiums would be without spectators or audiences.