The Covid-19 has had a huge impact on economic activity around the world and the sporting and event industry is one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. For the first time since World War 2 there is no live sport and people around the globe have been confined to their homes.
This unprecedented situation has also led to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2020 which initially was scheduled to begin on 29th March and then got pushed back to 15th April. Although, the event hasn’t been cancelled, it doesn’t seem likely that it will take place anytime soon. However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for the Sourav Ganguly led BCCI.
Sri Lanka has been one of the least affected countries by Coronavirus and now SLC has contacted the BCCI and offered to host the IPL in the small island nation. SLC President, Mr Shammi Silva said “it will be beneficial for BCCI to conduct the IPL in another country like in 2009. If we get the go-ahead from them to this proposal, we are ready to provide all the facilities necessary under the supervision of Sri Lankan health authorities.”
It remains to be seen how the BCCI responds to this proposal but one thing that should be kept in the centre of all plans is the health and safety of the players.