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Massive update on foreign players’ presence in IPL 2020 due to coronavirus!


Despite affecting several major sporting events around the world, the coronavirus pandemic did not have any major impact on the sport of cricket in India, until now. Following the reports of positive virus tests across the country, the Government of India recently imposed a visa ban on all foreigners. Which, in turn, means the hefty number of foreign players who would have been flying to India for the 2020 IPL season, will not be available in the country’s blockbuster cricket tournament this year.


Following a meeting yesterday, the govt had officially put a temporary restriction on the visas of all foreigners to be coming to India, temporarily until April 15. As the IPL 2020 begins on 29th March, the franchises will have to do away with two weeks of fixtures with only domestic players.

Although the visa ban is not effective on diplomats or on work visas, the IPL cricketers come under ‘business’ category, as a BCCI source stated today.

“The foreign players who play in the IPL come under the Business Visa category. As per the government’s directive, they can’t come till April 15,” the source told PTI.

Although the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly himself recently stated that IPL would not vbe hampered due to the virus pandemic, and that all necessary precautions and other measures will be in place during the league, the unavailability of foreign players could prove a major setback for the franchises.

Regarding this, the governing council of IPL has announced a meeting on 14th March to discuss the present situation and decide the fate of the 13th edition of the cricket league.

More than 60 COVID-19 cases have been reported in India till date, and 36 of them are Indian nationals. The massive crowd presence observed in the IPL matches can also be a major factor in case of a contamination, and there are currently discussions going on about the tournament to be played behind closed doors, or to postpone it entirely.

As of now, the first game is set to take place on 29th March at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

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