IPL & Coronavirus (COVID-19) – [Updated]

2020 IPL Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update on IPL 2020

It has almost become a daily update where the coronavirus is causing cancellations or closures of social gatherings, theme parks, and sporting events.  Of course, these changes will have significant impacts on IPL betting and odds. So we will keep you up to date as things progress.

IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to start on March 29th and run through May 24th, however – the recent events which include the noval corona virus have caused discussions to come up about the future of  this year’s cricket tournament.

Should IPL be postponed? Should IPL be cancelled? Will the tournament be played without fans? What is best for the cricket players and fans?

WHO, the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus a pandemic to prompted leaders to take measures in protecting their players and fans.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been receiving updates from the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and other relevant Central and State Government departments to come up with a plan that addresses the concerns of all India Premier League team owners, players, fans, and the overall general public.

Updates: 

March 13th: the BCCI has suspended IPL 2020 tournament until April 15th.

March 14th: The Board of Control for Cricket in India has postponed all domestic cricket matches until further advisement given the increased cases of CV-19 in India. 

March 29th: Speculation coming after the meetings with the BCCI and Indian Premier League franchise owners in Mumbai that IPL 2020 could be cancelled this year.  The thought being that IPL 2021 franchises would have the same players with options to drop or pick up players. This impacts the IPL mega auction in 2021, which would be pushed back to 2022.  Reports are that the BCCI is awaiting word from the Indian government and sports ministry.

The IPL governing council meeting was scheduled for Saturday March 14th in Mumbai to discuss these matters, but the BCCI thought that, given the circumstances, they wanted to put out news about postponing the tournament earlier.  Suspending the T20 gives the BCCI more time to assess and monitor the COVID-19 situation.

Remember, the IPL T20 cannot be played without overseas players, so the BCCI must monitor the travel and visa situation closely.  Also, some areas such as Delhi have already spoken up that they will not allow the hosting of the IPL in the current format.