IPL 2020 Expected to be Played in Empty Stadiums over Coronavirus Fear

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VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 tournament which is scheduled to start from 29 March 2020 could be played without crowd due to the novel coronavirus threat. The World Health Organization has confirmed that coronavirus a pandemic has killed more than 4,000 people globally with over 100 countries affected. Most of the travel visas have been canceled by the government. Keeping the situation in mind, the Sports Ministry has made it very clear to all national federations including the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that any tournament will have to be held behind closed doors without public gathering if a sports event is unavoidable.

IPL 2020 Expected to be Played in Empty Stadiums over Coronavirus Fear

The first match is going to held between defending champions Mumbai Indians against Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. A closed-door IPL seems like a real possibility and the franchises are okay with the decision of the IPL being held with empty stands in-order to prevent the spread of coronavirus cases across India where already more than 60 cases have been registered.

The franchises have no issue with the gate money as these things are insured but it’s only a disappointment for fans as they cannot watch IPL live cheering for their favorite team seating at the stadium.The team owners just want BCCI to speak with the central government, where foreign players are handed permission to come in before April 15 as it affect the presence of the 60-plus international cricketers in the league and they are already touring around the world playing other matches.

Following government-imposed travel and visa restrictions, foreign players were also ruled out of the IPL 2020 event until April 15. The fate of the cash rich T20 competition will be decided on March 14 where an IPL Governing Council meeting have scheduled in Mumbai. IPL 2020 is expected to last almost two months and generates a lot of wealth for the BCCI, where 60 matches will be played at 9 venues in 57 days.

The Karnataka and Maharashtra governments are already taking necessary steps to organize the home games of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.Maharashtra government has already requested a delay in ticket sales and suggested the central government to give away the order of playing the games without spectators as human life is more important that IPL.

Due to this deadly coronavirus outbreak the sports tournaments around the globe have been significantly interrupted. Earlier,the Indian Open golf tournament and the shooting World Cup and were postponed while badminton India Open will be played without any audience and there is assumption over the fate of the Tokyo Olympics this year. However, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has claimed that the Games will be held as per schedule in July-August.

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