There is no doubt that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world. Cricket fans across the globe watch this epic tournament taking place every year, and that’s the biggest reason behind the rise of its brand value.
The 13th edition of the IPL will start from March 29 with 7 matches to be played in Mumbai, including the opener between defending champions Mumbai Indians and last year’s finalists Chennai Super Kings.
Three weeks before the mega cricketing event kicks off, there’s an uncertainty looming over Indian Premier League.
In view of the looming Covid-19 threats around the country, the Maharashtra government may consider postponing the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tourney, Health Minister Rajesh Tope hinted on Saturday.
“There is always a possible danger of spread (of contagious diseases) when large numbers of people gather in one place… Such (IPL) events can always be organised later,” Tope told mediapersons.
He said that discussions are currently on in official circles whether to postpone IPL and a decision would be taken and announced shortly
Tope’s comments went viral on social media, especially since it came days after BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had asserted that there would be no change in the IPL schedule.
“We will take all precautions. I don’t know exactly what are these, it’s only the medical team which will tell us about that. The medical team is already in touch with the hospitals so that everything is available,” Ganguly had said, adding that the organisers would abide by the advice of doctors.
A senior BCCI official also confirmed the board’s plans to replicate all precautionary guidelines by the government and send them to all stakeholders. The players may be advised not to shake hands with fans or click photographs with them on their devices.