The global coronavirus pandemic has brought the world into a standstill which witnessed the cancellation of every event and the upcoming Indian Premier League is no less. Earlier it was decided to begin from March 29 but later postponed to April 15 and now it is on the verge of cancellation.
However, Rajasthan Royals CEO Ranjit Barthakur said on Wednesday that a shortened IPL with just Indian players would be good at this time. But he also said that a final call on the matter will be taken later. He shared the team’s wish even as the number of positive cases and death toll due to the global pandemic continued to increase across the world.
The BCCI has not taken any decision on the 13th edition of IPL, as there is a travel restriction on foreigners' entry to India. Moreover, India are currently in a 21-day lockdown to fight against the virus. Amid this situation, the event seems unlikely to go ahead until and unless BCCI brings some change and think about an alternate window later in the year as well.
"We are open to a shortened tournament with only Indian players, at the end of the day it is the Indian Premier League," Barthakur told PTI.
Moreover, the RR executive said that they are confident that the BCCI will do something on this matter in future, expected post-April 15.
"Earlier we could not think of an Indians-only IPL but now there is enough quality to choose from. It is better to have an Indians-only IPL than not at all,” Barthakur added.
The global pandemic has so far infected over 850,000 people worldwide while taking the lives of over 42,000. Over 1600 positive cases have been registered across India with more than 40 deaths.
The economic upheaval caused by the pandemic has led the pay cut of the players in many nations as well. However, BCCI has not taken any decision on this yet and The cricket board in England announced a 61 million pound package amid this financial implications.
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