It is difficult for the BCCI and the IPL to take all aspects into account and plan the league in the short term.
The Cricket Control Board in India saw the need to postpone the IPL of the most iconic national tournament. Originally, the league was supposed to start on March 29. The board concluded that with growing concerns about the coronavirus, it was likely to postpone the start until mid-April.
IPL’s board of directors and president, Brijesh Patel, also met with representatives of eight franchises in Mumbai on Saturday, March 14. Discussions have taken place on the reality of the current situation. The franchises have received five potential dates, April 15, April 21, April 25, May 1, and May 5.
The IPL is a unique league where the number of matches is huge and requires a little time to play, even if there are doubles. The governing body clarified that, since the IPL was a long tournament, it had to start on April 25, beyond which the adaptation of all matches would be a problem.
Two options left to advance IPL
However, there is a way to reduce the number of games played. In IPL, teams compete twice. One at home and one outside. If this concept is reduced to them playing once, the duration of the entire tournament can be reduced. Speaking of the same thing, a franchise manager who attended the meeting said:
“In the past, when IPL was transferred to South Africa in 2009, it took place over a period of 37 days. So if we start with April 25 and run it through Mayend, we can remove it. But if it is beyond that, it is difficult to predict how it will happen. One option is to avoid the concept of domicile and play against each other only once. The other is to have two groups. But the option to divide it into two groups has found no participants, as some clashes will disappear from the calendar, “a franchise official told the New Indian Express.
It is difficult for the BCCI and the IPL to take all aspects into account and plan the league in the short term. Franchises also noted that it would be very difficult to proceed without the presence of foreign cricketers. Due to Visa restrictions and proposed dates, the tournament is suspended.