BCCI May Conduct IPL 2020 Behind Closed Doors Amid Coronavirus Fear


New Delhi: The Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) that conducts the Indian Premier League may conduct the IPL 2020 matches behind closed doors amid the growing threat of Coronavirus worldwide (i.e. no audience will be present to watch the match LIVE). A BCCI official told to media, “We are considering the possibility of holding IPL matches behind closed doors … The compensation to be given to the teams will be discussed on Saturday …” Following the release of new positive cases of coronaviruses in the country, the issuance of new advisories has banned all existing foreign visas, except diplomatic and special categories of employment, till April 15.

The Union Sports Ministry has clearly stated to the national federations, including the BCCI, that if any tournament is organized in the country amid the dangers of the corono virus, it will have to be held behind closed doors. After this decision of the government, it is now clear that if the BCCI organizes the IPL, then it will have to organize this tournament without an audience and in this case this tournament will be played behind closed doors. Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Julania has said that if there is a game which cannot be avoided, it should be organized behind closed doors and it should be ensured that the audience does not come.

The Sports Secretary said, “All the national associations including BCCI have been asked to follow the guidelines and advice issued by the Ministry of Health. We have also asked them to avoid any public meeting and if any sports tournament is organized, it should be held without people behind the closed doors. ” He said, “It is up to the state government to manage the audience and they have the power under the Pandemic Diseases Act (Pandemic Act of 1897) to prevent it. If it (the tournament) cannot be avoided It should be held between closed doors without an audience.” It is now clear from the government’s directive that if the BCCI organizes the IPL, it has to conduct it between closed doors.

When the BCCI officer was contacted in this matter, he said that he too needs to follow the government’s decision. The official said, “BCCI will take the best possible action in the interest of the game, its players, fans and the league. The circumstances are changing rapidly and the board does not really have control over the situation. IPL Executive Council meeting is scheduled in Mumbai on Saturday. In that meeting, the council will take a decision keeping in view the instructions given by the central government.