Good News for IPL Fans : India to allow sports behind closed doors
The Indian government has decided to allow sporting events to resume behind closed doors in the country on Sunday. This means that IPL could take place in 2020.
Indian goverment hasextended the countrywide lockdown by a further two weeks until May 31. The government said : "Sports complexes and stadia will be permitted to open; however, spectators will not be allowed."
Arun Dhumal, the BCCI treasurer, said that for cricket activities to resume, travel restrictions within the country would need to be eased.
Asked whether the BCCI would now start thinking about conducting the IPL later this year, Dhumal told ESPNcricinfo that it was too early to think about the tournament. He said a window would first need to open up in the cricket calendar in addition to governments worldwide allowing international travel so that overseas players' participation could be guaranteed.
"The BCCI will study guidelines at the state level and will work in sync with state cricket associations to chalk out a programme for skill-based training at a local level," Dhumal said.
Indian Premier League (IPL) was postponed indefinitely duo to the global pandemic COVID 19. The BCCI welcomed the government's decision, but said it was premature to think about the IPL at this point.