The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Saturday said that the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League will be cut short if it happens, news agency PTI reported. Speaking to reporters in Mumbai after the IPL Governing Council meeting, the former India skipper said ,“It will happen, because if it is April 15, then, in any case 15 days are gone, it has to be truncated. How truncated, how many games, I can’t say at the moment.”
The BCCI also made the call on Friday to suspend India’s ODI series against South Africa. The board decided to reschedule the remaining two matches of the one-day international series against South Africa. As a result of this decision the two matches scheduled to be played in Lucknow and Kolkata now stand cancelled.
The Indian cricket board, on Saturday, also suspended all the remaining domestic games including the Irani Cup, which was scheduled to be played on March 18.
“We will monitor further. Safety is most important and with the current situation with what is going around the world and in India, with government directives, we have even postponed the remaining domestic matches,” Ganguly said.
On being questioned about possible back-up plans, Ganguly said: “I can’t say anything at the moment, allow us a week, let’s see how it goes around the world.”
The statement from Ganguly came just a day after the Board of Cricket Control for India (BCCI) decided to suspend the tournament till April 15 owing to the breakout of coronavirus pandemic. The 13th edition of the T20 tournament was originally scheduled to begin from March 29 with the opening contest to be played between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.