The shrinking Indian Premier League was one of the options discussed at a Saturday meeting between BCCI and the eight IPL franchise owners following the COVID-19 epidemic, even as Ness Vadia of King XI Punjab said he did not know when the T20 event would begin. .
The BCCI on Friday suspended the IPL between March 29 and April 15 due to travel restrictions imposed by the government and its refusal by three states to host any accommodations.
“We cannot and no one, you know, is in a position today to say when it will begin. We will look into the situation after two or three weeks. Hopefully the cases will still be reduced,” Vedia told reporters after IPL owners. Meeting BCCI President Sorb Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah.
However, a board source stuck to listing the options discussed at the meeting.
The source told PTI about the condition of anonymity here, “There were six to seven options discussed during the meeting between the team owners and the BCCI including limited IPL.
Wadia made it clear that at this moment, health precautions are paramount.
In India, two deaths and more than 80 positive cases of COVID-19 occurred, and the result is a government directive to shut fans out of sporting events to avoid large gatherings.
“The second option right now is that you can divide teams into two groups of four and then the first four to enter the playoffs.
The fourth option is to hold all games only in a pair of centers with limited player movements, support staff and TV crew.
Another option is to play behind closed doors and contain all 60 games in a shorter timeframe to ensure stakeholders do not lose loads of trucks.
The official also confirmed that the tournament was not being discussed overseas at the meeting.
COVID-19 has resulted in more than 5,000 deaths worldwide.
Wadiya said: “BCCI, IPL and (official broadcaster) Starr (sports) obviously are not looking at a financial loss.” “At the meeting everyone agreed that people come first and funding comes second. We are here to adhere to government directives. I don’t see any decision on anything before the end of the month. We have to wait and expect and hope things will improve,” Woodia said further.
“No decision can be made until there is clarity. Clarity will only be three weeks from now. As far as your next question is whether foreign players will come? I don’t know. There is a ban until April 15 and then we will see. So if IPL happens, Great if it doesn’t happen, it will, “Wadia added.
Delhi Capitals owner Perth Jindal has tried to downplay the options debate and said there will be another meeting later to discuss other situations.
Jindle said, “As things progress and evolve, BCCI will call another meeting to discuss all possibilities. Today’s meeting was to tell us that they were watching the situation, we were all watching and we would approach the call in due course.” .
When asked if there will be more double-headlines this season, Jindal said, “We haven’t talked about anything. We need to assess the situation and the public’s health and safety is the most important consideration.
“When the situation is controlled by all the options that can be discussed.”