England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, hopes to get a shortened version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year amid this coronavirus pandemic. This year the IPL was scheduled to begin from March 31 but later it was postponed to April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic and now it could be cancelled as well.
As India are in a three-week lockdown, there is now uncertainty if the organisers will be able to decide the further steps and start the tournament after April 15.
"No news at the moment. We saw, initially, that it was going to be postponed. It's very hard to see this changing in the immediate future, so I don't see that as a possibility at the moment," Jos Buttler said in a Skysports podcast. "Obviously, it's such a massive tournament for world cricket, so hopefully some of it can go ahead -- perhaps a shortened tournament."
More than 700 cases have been reported so far in India and nearly 20 deaths due to the novel coronavirus. Not only in India, but this has also been the case in most parts of the world as the virus has led to a freeze on sporting activities all around the world.
While India's home ODI series against South Africa had to be postponed due to the threat over the virus, The ODI series between Australia and New Zealand has also been cancelled where they played there first ODI in an empty stand as well. Other sports tournaments have also been cancelled after the Sports Ministry's order came
a week ago to stop all the sporting activities across the globe.
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