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Sports News
IPL cancellation on cards after three-week lockdown and Olympic postponement
 
New Delhi, Mar 25 (PTI) The cancellation of this year's IPL looks inevitable with the BCCI under tremendous pressure after the declaration of a 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

When the BCCI postponed the IPL to April 15 earlier this month, it said conducting the tournament would only come into the picture if the pandemic subsides. However, there hasn't been any remarkable change in the situation with positive cases crossing the 500-mark in India, including 10 deaths.

Speaking to PTI, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly did not have much to say on the current scenario, which was made worse by the postponement of Tokyo Olympics to the summer of 2021, on Tuesday. The global COVID-19 death toll is nearing 19,000.

"I can't say anything at the moment. We are at the same place where we were on the day we postponed. Nothing has changed in the last 10 days. So, I don't have an answer to it. Status quo remains," Ganguly's helplessness was palpable.

Kings XI Punjab owner Ness Wadia was more forthright.

"The BCCI should really consider postponing the IPL now. As a premier event, we need to act with great responsibility. Contemplation of IPL is inhuman right now. We need to save lives, not IPL," KXIP co-owner Wadia told PTI.

"Let's say even if the situation improves by May and I hope it does, who is going to come and play? Will the (foreign players) be even allowed to enter the country?" he asked.

Earlier on Tuesday, a conference call between BCCI officials and team owners was postponed.

The star-studded eight-team league was originally scheduled to start on March 29 in Mumbai. It seems the BCCI is deferring the announcement hoping against hope for things to improve.

"If Olympics can be postponed by a year, IPL is a much smaller entity in that regard. It is becoming increasingly difficult to organise. At this point the government is not even thinking about allowing foreign visas," a BCCI official, in know of things, said.

Currently, each stakeholder is discussing ways to limit the financial damage with insurance companies as well as broadcasters.

"With a 21-day lockdown, it is virtually impossible that things will return to normal by April 14. It might improve but a lot of restrictions will be in place. So it will be foolish not to cancel the league," a BCCI veteran said.


Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara contracts COVID-19
Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer fined Rs 12 lakh for slow over-rate
Serena Williams pulls out of French Open with hurt Achilles
IPL 2020: SRH beat DC by 15 runs runs, register 1st win of season
Djokovic drops only 5 games
IPL 2020: RCB beat MI in Super over
Gill hails Cummins' superb comeback against SRH
Warner hits out at SRH's poor middle-order approach
IPL 2020: KKR beat SRH by 7 wickets
RCB skipper Kohli fined Rs 12 lakh for slow over-rate
Dynamo, Olympiakos win 1st legs of CL qualifying playoffs
Luis Su rez moves from Barcelona to Atl tico Madrid
Takes lot out of you to play long innings in these conditions: Rohit Sharma
IPL 2020: MI beat KKR by 49 runs
Zimbabwe cricket team get govt's approval for Pakistan tour
Samson hits CSK out of park as Royals start IPL with 16-run win
Djokovic wins record 36th Masters title in Rome
It really hurts to not close off game against Capitals: Agarwal
Chennaiyin FC ropes in Bosnian central defender Enes Sipovic
Hope the youngsters translate their talent into performance: Warner
KERALA NEWS
Kerala reports 7354 new COVID-19 cases,22 deaths
 Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala on Tuesday again registered a spike in new COVID-19 cases reporting 7,354  
COVID-19 tally in Kerala racing towards 1.50 lakh mark
Take steps to attach properties of pvt financial institution; HC to govt
Kerala logs single-day highest spike of 3,830 COVID-19 cases
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Maldives thanks India for $250 million support amid COVID-19 pandemic
 United Nations, Sep 30 (PTI) The Maldives has thanked India for the financial assistance of USD 250
Pak opens all educational institutions, six months after closure due to COVID-19
Trump urges supporters to watch ballots very carefully
Tensions mount as Armenia, Azerbaijan continue fighting
NATIONAL NEWS
Waiting eagerly for CBI probe outcome in Sushant case:Minister
 Mumbai, Sep 29 (PTI) Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday sought to know what happened
NHRC notice to UP govt, state police chief over gang rape of Dalit woman
Cong will celebrate Diwali with people after bypolls: Kamal Nath
Amnesty International halts operations in India
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