MUMBAI: The uncertainty surrounding this year's IPL grew Tuesday with the BCCI postponing a scheduled conference call with the franchise owners which was to discuss a way forward amid the spiralling COVID-19 pandemic.
It doesn't need conference calls or official statements for SportzPower to declare that the world's richest Twenty20 league now has only two realistic options before it to consider:
1. A truncated tournament that is played in the September-October window that runs for 30 days in a best case scenario or even for 15 days in a second best case one.
2. Complete cancellation of the 2020 edition. There will be increasing pressure to take that "worst case" course following conformation that the Tokyo Olympic Games has been postponed for a year to July 2021.
Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia told PTI: "...humanity first, everything else comes second. The situation has not improved so there is no point in even talking about it. If IPL doesn't happen so be it."
"There is no point in discussing anything at this point. The whole country is in a lockdown. We have to deal with matters much more important than IPL" another franchise official, who did not wish to be named, told the newswire.
"I can't even think about the IPL at this point. It is irrelevant along with everything else. The only thing thing which is relevant is in what we are living in and it is a world war three situation where we are fighting to help so many people" Wadia said.
"The government has taken decisive steps. We often criticise the government but for the proactive steps they have taken we should applaud them. A country as big as India has suspended all flights. That is a very massive and positive step," he added.
However, the BCCI is deferring any official announcement for the present.
"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 said.