Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Rajasthan Royals COO Jake Lush McCrum stated that the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) will make the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) happen in 2020. His remarks came after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) laid out a set of guidelines allowing sports complexes and stadia to reopen with no spectators permitted during the lockdown period, which has been extended till May 31.
Meanwhile, the Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday stated that “If any sports federation wants to organise a sports event, they can do it in the stadium. But they have to ensure that SOPs are being followed properly. All the conduct has to be carried out with certain discipline.”
McCrum during the ‘Royal Fans Meet’ on the Zoom app said that “There are a lot of stories in the press, but what I can say based on our conversation with the BCCI is, they are working really hard to find a solution. They are an agile association and can make it happen. We are confident that IPL will happen this year.”
“We are preparing for the September-November window, but nothing has been finalized as of now. The great thing about BCCI is they have put together the tournament at very short notice as well in South Africa in 2009, they can do it again,” he added.
The 13th edition of the cash-rich tournament was originally supposed to be held between March 29 and May 24; however, it was postponed indefinitely due to the growing concerns over coronavirus pandemic.