IPL 2020 not possible without international players – KingsXI Punjab Owner Ness Wadia
Indian Premier League without foreign players is without its soul – Chennai Super Kings management
We can’t play IPL without foreign players – Rahul Johri, BCCI CEO
With international travel completely suspended, even if the 13th season of the Indian Premier League gets a window and a go ahead from the government – how the top foreign players will travel to India to compete in the IPL 2020 ? How IPL can be played top foreign stars ? How the IPL’S best vs best tag will be justified ?
From the last few weeks, this was the question bothering everyone connected with the IPL. But the fresh set of guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) which will follow the lockdown 4.0 has laid all the fears of BCCI, team owners and fans to rest. The fresh guidelines has revived the hopes of the IPL 2020 edition this year and that too with its top foreign stars.
The MHA guidelines says “Based on assessment of the situation (Phase 3), dates for restarting following will be decided—international air travel of passengers, gymnasiums, swimming pools, social /political /sports /entertainment functions and large congregations,”
The opening of the international travel and organization of large sports events can kick in during the phase 3 as per the MHA guidelines. The second phase of reopening is planned for July, and if all goes as per plans, the Phase 3 is likely to be rolled before August. The resumption of the international travel during this phase means that the top global cricketers will now be allowed to travel to India to play in the IPL 2020 edition.
According to an interview to The Hindustan Times, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal also has termed this development as very positive for IPL 2020. “It’s a positive. If international travel resumes, and sporting activities will be allowed, then we can plan for the future,”
IPL 2020 in OCTOBER with top Indian & foreign cricketers ?
Though no one is committing anything on record but now the situation is getting very clear i.e if the T20 World Cup in Australian in October-November gets officially postponed, the window can be utilized by BCCI to conduct the 13th edition of the IPL, that too with the top foreign stars.
InsideSport had already reported that the T20 World Cup postponement is a mere formality and that formality can be completed when the International Cricket Council Board once again meets on June 10th via tele-conference.
Keep watching this space for updates on the June 10th ICC Meeting.