Sourav Ganguly Comments on Status of IPL

Key remarks from BCCI president

Cricket Fans India

Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly has reiterated the status of this year's Indian Premier League will be reassessed every week.

The start of the 2020 IPL has been postponed from 29 March to 15 April as a preventative measure against the coronavirus pandemic.

“Safety is most important for the players, and at the moment with what's going around in the world and India with the government directives this is all we can do. We have postponed remaining domestic matches,” said Ganguly.

“We met with the owners, to tell them how it can happen and where do we stand at the moment. At the moment, it is just postponed. We will assess the situation. It will be reassessed every week. I can't say at the moment about any deadline. It has to be worked around. As much as we want to host the IPL, we also need to be careful about the security.

“If the IPL is postponed until 15 April, then, in any case 15 days are gone, it has to be a truncated one. How truncated, how many games, I can't say at the moment.”

The spread of the virus has seen several global sporting events cancelled or postponed, including cricket's Everest Premier League in Nepal, the T20I series between the Asia XI and World XI in Bangladesh, the Australian Women's tour of South Africa, New Zealand's limited-overs tour of Australia and South Africa's ODI series in India.

BCCI meeting with IPL franchise owners

Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia attended the  meeting with Ganguly, Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan, Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani and others on Saturday.

“The meeting was to discuss the possible scenarios. Number one, most importantly, everyone in India and the world must understand, the BCCI, nor the IPL nor broadcaster Star is here to gain monetary benefit by having the IPL,” added Wadia.

“All the stakeholders, especially the BCCI and owners and Star, feel that it is incorrect to think about even one rupee. So we are not interested in money, we are not interested in having any gain from this situation and trying to hold the IPL without a clear understanding of the situation. Having said that, number one is the health and safety of everyone is looked after.”

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