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IPL 2020: Franchisees Brace Themselves Incase Tournament is “Called-Off”

The various IPL franchisees are bracing themselves up in case the IPL 2020 is called off in the wake of the growing effect of coronavirus in India and around the world. The IPL was scheduled to start from March 29, but has been postponed till April 15, as a preventive measure against the pandemic.

One of the IPL franchise officials said that the owners will have a conference call on Monday, March 16, to take a call on the future of IPL 2020. However, simultaneously he also pointed out that the franchise owners are prepared in case IPL 2020 is called – off.

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“We are having a conference call today in the evening and we will discuss the situation, but just look around. Schools, colleges, malls, theatres have all been closed. In fact, even gyms have closed now after the fresh directive from the health department. So, in such a scenario, it is only obvious that we might get to a situation where the league may have to be called off for a season,” the official said.

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Franchisees Ready to Incur Losses

Another franchise official highlighted the fact that health concerns of the general public are of prime importance at this moment. He also added that the franchise owners are also ready to incur the losses as there is no other alternative.

“See, we will be having basic loses of around Rs 15-20 crore which comes with paying salaries and other things that come with the successful organization of the league. But there are other loses as well like those that come from merchandise sales etc. While tickets and all are insured, these are loses which the franchises will have to bear if the tournament doesn’t happen. But then, we all realise that nothing beats human safety,” the official said.

Availability of Foreign Players

One of the other officials pointed out that the availability of the foreign players and if the foreign boards agree on sending their players to play the IPL is also a major concern. what also needs to be checked is whether the foreign boards will allow their players to come in if and when the government makes an exception for the players. While all boards want the IPL to happen at present, you never know what the call will be at the end of the month. It all depends on whether we see a drastic positive change in the situation,” the official told IANS.

Also Read: IPL 2020 Likely To be Truncated: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly

Meanwhile, the Indian government has cancelled all visas except for a few official categories till April 15 in the wake of the growing coronavirus scare. In a meeting in Delhi, it was decided that all existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/international organisations, employment and project visas, stand suspended till April 15.

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