The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not yet considering holding the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the moment.
Although the Home Ministry has decided to permit opening of sports complexes and stadiums for sports activities only and barring spectators’ entry, the BCCI has still not given a nod for conducting IPL this year.
In an interview with The Indian Express, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said that no decision has been taken yet on holding the IPL since there are restrictions on international and domestic travel due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the coronavirus outbreak.
“The IPL at the moment is not possible because travel restrictions are still there. So, how can you have the IPL without any travel happening? “said Dhumal.
“We are studying these guidelines and will study state governments’ guidelines also. Accordingly, we will plan,” he added.
He also agreed that the order given for the fourth phase of lockdown has given cricketers the opportunity to resume their outdoor training.
“At a local level, cricketers can go to stadiums and resume outdoor training. But the entire team cannot get together because players are scattered,” said Dhumal.
The Centre has announced the fourth phase of nationwide lockdown from May 18 to May 31.
Dhumal also said that the BCCI will wait further before organizing a skill-based training camp for its contracted players.
“Taking into the account the restrictions on air travel and movement of people till May 31, the BCCI will wait further before organizing a skill-based training camp for its contracted players,” he said.
“The Board reiterates that the safety and well-being of its athletes and support staff is paramount and will not rush into any decision that can hamper or jeopardize India’s efforts in containing the spread of the virus,” it added.
The BCCI will study guidelines at the state level and will work in sync with State Cricket Associations to chalk out a programme for skill-based training at a local level, he added.