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IPL 2020 delay likely to be extended amid COVID-19 crisis

The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 13th edition may be delayed further amid the COVID-19 crisis which the entire world is facing at this moment. Earlier the IPL 2020, which was scheduled to start on March 29, was postponed till April 15 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, in a recent development it has been learnt that the cash-rich tournament is likely to be delayed further as the crisis deepens in the country.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the franchise owners are likely to hold a video conference on March 24 to decide the fate of the tournament and according to a report by India Today, the organisers are now mulling a curtailed IPL season probably at the end of this year. However, the final call on this issue is likely to be taken by the end of this month.

The board president Sourav Ganguly has said the board will be reviewing the situation every week and will be deciding the fate of the IPL based on that.

Over 30 fresh cases of novel coronavirus cases in the country took India’s tally to 427 on Monday morning with new cases from Maharshtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Bihar. India’s tally also includes the death toll which rose to seven on Sunday after three more coronavirus deaths.

Parts of India have been put under complete lockdown with all passenger train and inter-state bus services suspended till March 31.

All sporting events in India have either been suspended or postponed due to the virus spread. Globally, the cases have exceeded 325,000 with deaths topping 14,000.

Sandipan Banerjee is a senior cricket journalist with experience stretching across more than a decade. Having founded a number of cricket information resources and prior experience of working in big-ticket events like ICC Cricket World Cup, IPL and ICC Champions’ Trophy; he joined the team at in 2019 to provide strategic guidance and to assume a brand ambassador role as principal correspondent. Due to Sandipan’s commitment towards the game, it’s safe to assume that if India are involved in a Test, ODI or a T20I, he’ll be there covering the match!

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