As the Coronavirus cases continue to rise by the day, the IPL 2020 might well be its latest casualty. A Public Interest Litigation (PIL), seeking the cancellation of the event has been filed in Madras High Court by advocate G Alex Benziger on Tuesday. According to a report by India Today, the PIL is likely to come up on March 12 before a division bench comprising of Justice MM Sundresh and Justice Krishnan Ramaswamy. In the petition, Advocate Benziger states “As on date, as per the website of the World Health Organisation, there was no specific medicine to prevent or to treat the COVID-19.”
This is not the first voice which has been made in favour of cancelling the cash-rich league. A couple of days ago, Mr Rajesh Tope, the honourable Health Minister of Maharashtra confirmed to the media that discussions with regards to the postponement of IPL 2020 are being held. Furthermore, Karnataka Medical Education Minister K.Sudhakar has also written to the Union Government seeking advice on the action that needs to be taken about the IPL matches that are to be held in Bengaluru.
Although the BCCI boss Sourav Ganguly has assured that the IPL will go an as per schedule, this matter is far from decided. At the end of the day, the last word will be that of the Union Health Ministry as the virus can have a cascading effect and there are various world events that have already either been cancelled or postponed. The Serie A matches have been impacted, with the French Grand Prix already been postponed. The Japanese Parliament has raised concerns about the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and events in India like the IIFA have been cancelled. One is quite sure there are more developments to come as far as the IPL 2020 is concerned.
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