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IPL 2020

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    Postponed to 15/4

    Some talk of cancelling it if situation gets worse

    IPL not there to earn money? that's a first....Lets see how it pans out. Cant see this virus settling down in 4 weeks time


    https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/28901200/bcci-wait-watch-fixing-ipl-schedule

    BCCI to wait and watch before fixing IPL schedule

    The BCCI and the IPL franchise owners have decided to adopt a wait-and-watch approach over when and how to hold the IPL. They want to give health and safety of the players and people involved in holding the IPL priority and are likely to discuss its schedule again after two-three weeks, depending on how the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation unfolds in India, where, as of Friday, two lives have been lost because of it.

    The BCCI top brass met top executives of all eight franchises at its headquarters in Mumbai on Saturday, including Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan, Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia, among others, after the board had deferred the start of the tournament until April 15.

    BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that now that two weeks of the schedule was lost, there was no option but to hold a "truncated" IPL, and the board would "assess and monitor" the situation in the country on a weekly basis. Whether the IPL will be truncated in terms of days or matches remains to be seen.

    "If it is [postponed till] April 15, then it in any case 15 days are gone, so it has to be truncated one," Ganguly said. "How truncated, how many games I can't say at the moment."

    Wadia said that the BCCI, the franchise owners and host broadcaster Star Sports had decided to prioritise people's health and that they were not concerned by any monetary downsides. Wadia even said he was prepared for the possibility of the IPL not happening at all if the situation did not improve. ESPNcricinfo understands that a few other scheduling options, including a truncated IPL, came up for discussion during the meeting but it was too "premature" to take the discussions forward right now.

    "The meeting was to discuss the possible scenarios. Number one, most importantly, everyone in India and the world must understand, the BCCI, nor the IPL nor Star is here to gain monetary benefit by having the IPL," Wadia told reporters after the meeting. "All the stakeholders, especially the BCCI and owners and Star, feel that it is incorrect to think about even one rupee. So we are not interested in money, we are not interested in having any gain from this situation and trying to hold the IPL without a clear understanding of the situation. Having said that, number one is the health and safety of everyone is looked after.

    "Number two, we will follow whatever the government direction is.

    "From a third perspective, no one is in a position to say when it's going to start. We will review the situation after two-three weeks and hopefully by then the [coronavirus] cases will reduce. We should be clear that the most important thing is health and safety, not [financial] gain at the moment. We are not here to earn money, we are here to serve and protect the people."
     

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