2019 IPL Final – Mumbai v Chennai

Indian Premier League Cricket May Be Pushed To October Due To Coronavirus Lockdown, April 15 Start Scheduled

Jonathan Vankin - Author

Apr. 2 2020, Updated 3:26 p.m. ET

The Indian Premier League, the world’s biggest-money, highest-profile cricket tournament, was scheduled to open its 13th season on March 29. But due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic that has shut down businesses and live sports events around the world, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) postponed the IPL’s opening day until April 15. That date, however, now appears highly unrealistic, falling just one day after the scheduled end of India‘s 21-day lockdown.

Now, according to a report by The Times of India, the 2020 IPL competition may be looking at a start date sometime in October.

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Even if the coronavirus pandemic has somehow been sufficiently contained in India or around the world by October — thus allowing for large-scale sporting events to take place — the IPL would face another obstacle to holding an October-November tournament. The seventh ICC T20 World Cup tournament would need to be postponed.

The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15. Postponement of that competition remains a possibility because Australia has imposed a travel restriction that prohibits non-Australian nationals from entering the country in order to stem the coronavirus outbreak. There is currently no end date for those restrictions, meaning that if they remain in place, teams from the other 15 competing countries in the T20 World Cup would be barred from entering Australia.


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