India Men’s Cricket Team’s opening batsman Rohit “Hitman” Sharma recently had a live chat with former England Cricket Team’s batsman Kevin Pietersen on Instagram. During the course of the chat, Kevin Pietersen asked Rohit Sharma whether the Indian Premier League (IPL) will go ahead this year or not, to which Rohit replied: “At some stage, when things settle down, it might happen, who knows”.
Earlier this month the 13th edition of the IPL was postponed by The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and is scheduled to start from April 15, 2020, as a precautionary measure from the pandemic of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
“The BCCI is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience,” the BCCI had said in an official statement.
The 13th edition of the IPL this year was scheduled to start off from March 29, with a clash of the heavyweights, where the current champions Mumbai Indians would have played against took three-time champions and the runners- up of the previous edition the Chennai Super Kings at Mumbai’s very own Wankhede Stadium.
The 2020 edition of the IPL is not the only sporting event hampered by the outbreak of COVID-19. There has been a stall in many major sporting events around the world such as the National Basketball Association league (NBA) in the United States of America, the various football leagues such as the La Liga in Spain, Serie A in Italy, the Premier League in England, the Bundesliga in Germany, the Ligue 1 in France, the UEFA Champions League and various other leagues all over Europe. Even the Japan Olympics 2020 has been postponed due to the pandemic.
Therefore, it was the right decision of the BCCI to postpone this year’s IPL as well. The board also assured that it will work in unison with the Sports Ministry and will adhere to the guidelines issued.