Despite various State governments raising
the COVID-19 threat to the Indian
Premier League’s (IPL’s) 13th edition, scheduled to start on March 29, the
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to adopt a “wait and
watch” approach before taking a final call on the money-spinning T20 tourney.
With the number of
confirmed coronavirus cases in India
crossing 50, the Karnataka
Health Minister B. Sriramulu joined his Maharashtra counterpart Rajesh Tope in
appealing to the Centre to reschedule the IPL. The cash-rich league is
scheduled to be played in nine States from March 29 to May 24.
While IPL chairman Brijesh
Patel didn’t respond to a query, a BCCI executive confirmed to The Hindu that
the league authorities are monitoring the situation but won’t take any drastic
step until and unless they are instructed by the government.“Anyway the South
Africa (ODI) series is going to be played to packed houses and a veterans
league is already attracting large crowds in Maharashtra, so for the time
being, the question of exploring other options doesn’t arise,” the executive said.Depending
on the government’s decision, the IPL committee may consider exploring back-up
venues from the regions that aren’t hit by the virus or play in a few grounds
to empty stands.