The novel coronavirus has left the whole world at a stand-still. While the worldwide economy has taken a huge hit, the sporting calendar has been left shattered also. Almost every sporting event has been canceled or postponed with all eyes on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Which was earlier suspended until April 15. However, with the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to deteriorate with each passing day, the chances are extremely slim that the cash-rich tournament will go ahead after April 15.
IPL 2020 Schedules
As per a report, IPL 2020 might even not happen this year. Considering the current scenario due to the novel coronavirus. If the cash-rich tournament doesn’t take place in 2020. Then the BCCI will take a massive hit on an approximate revenue of INR 2000 crore. Whereas the eight participating franchises could lose around IJNR 100 crore each.
Whereas there’s a way of unclarity and confusion within the BCCI as nobody knows when the travel and visa restrictions are going to be normalized.
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However, the most important hurdle for IPL is going to be to bring the overseas players on an equivalent ship. While the coronavirus outbreak has taken almost the whole world under its dreaded wings. Some big-name players could cop out of the tournament if it goes ahead in 2020.
“And albeit it settles down here but continues in another country… we aren’t clear that also. Japan, the host nation of the Olympics, is talking a few possible postponements. This (the outbreak) is way bigger than any sport or the IPL,” the BCCI official said.
The number of positive cases for COVID-19 has crossed the 450-mark in India. As many as 30 states/UTs are placed under complete lockdown during a bid to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
The effect of Covid-19 can be seen in every sector. Similarly, it’s affecting the schedules of Sports.