‘If IPL happens, it will be a shortened tourney’
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‘If IPL happens, it will be a shortened tourney’

March 15, 2020

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly yesterday made it clear that the 13th edition of IPL will be a truncated one if the COVID-19 pandemic subsides but could not commit on the number of matches under the current circumstances.

The BCCI on Friday suspended the IPL from Mar.29 to Apr.15 due to Government-imposed travel restrictions and refusal of three States to host any matches owing to the pandemic that has so far claimed more than 5,000 lives and infected close to 1,50,000 people globally.

The extraordinary situation prompted the Board’s top officials to meet the eight franchise owners yesterday and explore various options, including organising a curtailed tournament.

Asked if the cash-rich event could be a curtailed one, Ganguly said, “It will happen, because if it is Apr.15, then, in any case 15 days are gone, it has to be truncated. How truncated, how many games, I can’t say                                        at the moment.”

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