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BCCI says IPL still on the cards, ‘tournament to commence when it is safe and appropriate’

NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) was still on the cards and the board was looking for a possible date to stage the event this year.

“Yes, we are looking for possible dates in September-October to hold the Indian Premier League. However, the tournament will only commence when it is safe and appropriate,” said BCCI Secretary Jay Shah in a statement released today (Friday).

IPL, termed as the world’s richest cricket tournament, was scheduled to be commenced in March, however, due to the coronavirus situation in the country, the event was pushed back from its original date following Indian government’s decision to lockdown the country.

The Indian cricket board and the organizers of the country’s premier T20 league still hope to stage the tournament keeping in mind the health and safety of players, staff and the nation.

“The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority,” Shah said, adding, “BCCI will continue to monitor and review the situation regarding a potential start date.”

Earlier: IPL remains on hold as India extends lockdown amid coronavirus crisis

The cricket board decided to wait until the government lifts the lockdown. But the government ‘disappointed’ them by extending the period of shelter-in-place restrictions. the extension prevents players from travelling and fans attending matches.

On the other hand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is making efforts to ensure the IPL franchises that the government is trying to find a window in the later end of the year to make the event happen.

“The government told the cricket board (BCCI) that the tournament [IPL] stands suspended for the moment,” a board member said.

“However it is said that they will find a window in the later end of the year to do it,” he added.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly recently cleared the air about the event taking place this year by saying that he wasn’t going to predict anything, but if the government allowed, the 13th edition of IPL would be held. However, he also hinted at slight chances of the possibility.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.