In wake of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic which has marked its mark in the subcontinent, IPL was initially postponed from March 29 to April 15. But, the tournament is on the path to be cancelled after the BCCI cancelled a conference call with the franchise owners which was supposed to be a medium to discuss the strategy to move forward and combat the pandemic.
The outbreak has already claimed nine lives in the country with the number of cases on a constant rise ever since the first reported case.
Kings XI Punjab owner Ness Wadia stated that humanity comes first under these circumstances He added:
…humanity first, everything else comes second. The situation has not improved so there is no point in even talking about it. If IPL doesn’t happen so be it,”
“I can’t even think about the IPL at this point. It is irrelevant along with everything else. The only thing which is relevant is in what we are living in and it is a world war three situation where we are fighting to help so many people,”
“The government has taken decisive steps. We often criticise the government but for the proactive steps, they have taken we should applaud them. A country as big as India has suspended all flights. That is a very massive and positive step,”
While a BCCI official claimed that if a global event like Olympics can be cancelled, the IPL can sure be axed.
Another IPL franchise owner who did not wish to be named claimed that there are more important things to deal with than the IPL with the country being in lockdown.