Sourav Ganguly in the wake of the coronavirus: Any talk of hosting IPL is premature

Updated: 17 March, 2020 07:53 IST | PTI | New Delhi

No decision at conference call as franchises adopt a wait-and-watch policy.

Young fans wait patiently for the start of an IPL match between RCB and Rising Pune Supergiant at Bangalore in 2017. Pic/AFP
Young fans wait patiently for the start of an IPL match between RCB and Rising Pune Supergiant at Bangalore in 2017. Pic/AFP

No headway was made during Monday's tele-conference by the eight IPL franchise owners as the situation in the past 48 hours has not changed much in the wake of the Coronavirus in the country as well globally. The start of the IPL-13 has been suspended from March 29 to April 15 with India currently registering 114 positive cases and two deaths.

All foreign visas have been put on hold till April 15 while BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has hinted that a "truncated IPL" could be a possibility with a minimum 17 days already lost. "Nothing concrete was discussed in today's meeting [con-call]. It was just a follow up meeting. The situation has not changed in 48 hours, so talking about hosting the IPL is still premature," an IPL franchise owner told PTI on conditions of anonymity. "We have to wait and watch. We will keep doing these con calls on a weekly basis to take stock of the situation," he said.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly

Among the six to seven options that are there in case the situation improves by April 15, one is dividing the teams into two groups with top four qualifying for the knock-outs. There are also suggestions of increasing the number of double headers in a curtailed time or having matches at three or four centres in order to limit travel. The possibility of having the matches in empty stands also remains open for the BCCI.

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First Published: 17 March, 2020 07:34 IST

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