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Coronavirus pandemic: 'Nothing concrete discussed at IPL meeting', says a team owner amidst uncertainty due to COVID-19

  • Press Trust of India
  • March 16th, 2020
  • 22:07:12 IST

New Delhi: No headway was made during Monday's tele-conference by the eight IPL franchise owners as the situation in the past 48 hours has not changed much in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country as well globally.

The IPL trophy. Sportzpics

The IPL trophy. Sportzpics

The start of the 13th IPL has been suspended from 29 March to 15 April with India currently registering 114 positive cases and two deaths for COVID-19.

All foreign visas have been put on hold till 15 April while BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has hinted that a "truncated IPL" could be a possibility with a minimum 17 days already lost.

"Nothing concrete was discussed in today's meeting (con-call). It was just a follow up meeting. The situation has not changed in 48 hours, so talking about hosting the IPL is still pre-mature," an IPL franchise owner told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

"We have to wait and watch. We will keep doing these con calls on a weekly basis to take stock of the situation," he said.

Among the six to seven options that are there in case the situation improves by 15 April, one is dividing the teams into two groups with top four qualifying for the knock-outs.

Also there are suggestions of increasing the number of double headers in a curtailed time or having matches at three or four centres in order to limit travel.

The possibility of having the matches in empty stands also remains open for the BCCI.

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Updated Date: March 16, 2020 22:07:12 IST

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