“The decision by the BCCI to suspend the IPL till April 15 is a laudable one. The health and safety of a nation are more important than sport and it’s wonderful that the usually much-maligned BCCI has put that before anything else,” Gavaskar wrote in Sportstar.

The BCCI, on March 11, earlier put the IPL on maintain until April 15 despite the fact that the event was set to begin from March 29 after the federal government issued a journey advisory which made it clear that overseas gamers would not be issued visas to come back into the nation.

Gavaskar additionally stated the destiny of the IPL relies upon upon how rapidly the unfold of coronavirus is managed within the nation. “Whether the IPL will be played at all depends on how quickly the spread of COVID-19 is controlled. Till April 15 overseas players won’t get a visa so it may take a bit longer for the tournament to take off. Foreign players bring a different flavour to the tournament and add to the excitement, so it’s important to have them,” he stated.

The former Indian skipper additionally lashed out at a BCCI official for the suggestion that they didn’t need IPL to be like a Mushtaq Ali event with out the participation of overseas gamers.

“Having said that, for a so-called top BCCI official to comment that “the BCCI has to make sure the standard of the sport shouldn’t be poor. We didn’t need a Mushtaq Ali event,” is an incredibly insensitive statement if indeed it is true,” wrote Gavaskar.

“Firstly, it’s insulting to the great man after whom the tournament is named and secondly begs the question that if it’s such a “poor” tournament, then why have it at all? Also, can light be shed on why the quality of the tournament is poor? Surely it’s not simply because there are no international players in it, but also because there are no Indian internationals in it! That is a scheduling issue that the BCCI has to look at,” he added.

On Thursday, the Sports Ministry made it clear that the destiny of IPL 2020 could be determined solely after the federal government comes out with a recent advisory after April 15, holding in thoughts the scenario close to the coronavirus outbreak.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju reiterated that whereas it’s the BCCI which decides on cricketing issues, the pandemic is one thing which has a direct impact on the loves of the residents of the nation.

“After April 15 the government will come up with new advisory and guidelines according to the situation. BCCI is a body that looks after cricket which is not an Olympic sport. But here it is not the question of the sporting event alone but a question of the safety of the citizens. In an event there will be thousands of spectators. So it is not just for the sports bodies or sportspersons it is for every citizen of the country,” he stated.

The Sports Ministry on March 12 made it clear that each one sporting occasions ought to be cancelled within the wake of the coronavirus, which has thus far claimed 4 lives within the nation. And whether it is unavoidable, the occasions ought to be held behind closed doorways in order to keep away from mass gatherings.

The Delhi authorities went a step additional and stated that there can be no IPL matches within the nationwide capital until March 31.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly additionally knowledgeable the media after the assembly with IPL franchise homeowners final Saturday on the BCCI HQ in Mumbai that each one calls can be taken holding in thoughts the advisory from the federal government.

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