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Over the weekend, the government of India has announced fresh set of guidelines issued by the home ministry which will follow lockdown 4.0. It will give the Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hopes to start the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) as the guidelines for reopening of activities in three phases seem to hint resumption of sporting activities in Phase 3. “Based on assessment of the situation (Phase 3), dates for restarting following will be decided—international air travel of passengers, gymnasiums, swimming pools, social-political-sports-entertainment functions and large congregations,” reads the operative part of the MHA order related…

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Despite the commitment of its governing body to commence the season this year in the wake of the global pandemic, the fate of the Indian Premier League (IPL) still sits in limbo as talks remain on the table. However, some franchise officials expressed their optimism of commencing the cash-rich T20 league later this year. India has over 165,000 cases and nearly 5,000 deaths from the virus. There is speculation that IPL 13 could take place in October-November window depending on the status of the T20 World Cup in Australia. This week, India’s Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has talked about the…

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The plans to host season 13 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) still in jeopardy despite the commitment of its governing body to commence the season this year in the wake of the global pandemic. Earlier this week, India’s Sports Minister said that the start of the new season would be taken by the government and not the not the Indian cricket board (BCCI), IPL’s governing body. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has talked about the future of sports in India in an interview, saying that they “have been working for quite some time now to resume sporting activities”, but stressed…

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Earlier this week, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) reiterate commitment to host the 13th edition of the tournament this year in the wake of the global pandemic. The governing body’s CEO backed the statement and hopeful that cricket will return after the monsoon. The cash-rich Twenty20 competition, due to begin on March 29 and pushed back to April 15, was postponed indefinitely. “IPL is one of the greatest engagers. More people watched the IPL last year than those who voted for general elections. For sponsors, cricket is a leader and it will lead the way. The…

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) reiterate commitment to host the 13th edition of the tournament this year in the wake of the global pandemic, looking at a possibility of a new window later this year according to members of the governing body. The cash-rich Twenty20 competition, due to begin on March 29 and pushed back to April 15, was postponed indefinitely. Earlier this week, former India coach and BCCI apex council member Anshuman Gaekwad is optimistic about IPL return and hints its potential window. “I have my doubts that T20 WC will be held this year.…

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Last week, the International Cricket Council (ICC), in a statement, cricket qualifiers for next year’s women’s World Cup and the 2022 Under-19 World Cup, both due to take place in Sri Lanka between 3 and 19 July, have been postponed as the world continues its battle to coronavirus pandemic. The Women’s World Cup is in New Zealand in February and March of 2021. “In light of the continuing travel restrictions, global health concerns and government and public health authority advice we have decided to postpone two further upcoming qualifying events due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Women’s Cricket World Cup…

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The India Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over the weekend announced that stadiums and sporting complexes will be allowed to open without fans as the lockdown in the country extended to May 31, shedding light to the fate of the virus-hit Indian Premier League (IPL). However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not hopeful to its return anytime soon. “Sports complexes and stadia will be permitted to open, however, spectators won’t be allowed,” read one of the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines to be followed during the lockdown. At the time of writing, India has recorded…

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For the first time since March, professional cricket will return this month in Caribbean as St Vincent and Grenadines Cricket Association (SVGCA) has announced the start of their very own franchise-based T10 league – the Vincy Premier League (VPL).  The tournament is set to commence on May 22 to until May 31, 2020, featuring six teams named after the tourist attraction in the country. The inaugural season of the VPL will take place at the Arnos Valley Sporting Complex. As the workdwide cricket remains halted, this event resumes competitive cricket involving international players of a Full Member team, with 72…

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As the world combats the coronavirus pandemic, several sporting events were halted and currently in the brink of financial loss. It includes the cash-rich cricket in India. Earlier this week, Australian legend and former India coach expressed his concern over the virus-hit sports, hinting the death of the pinnacle of cricket, Test Cricket, if India abandons it. “Test cricket will die the day India gives it up. I cannot see countries other than India, Australia and England investing in young cricketers to take up Test cricket,” Greg Chappell said during a chat session. “I have nothing against T20 cricket. It…

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The United Arab Emirates, which had hosted the first leg of Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2014, has emerged as one of the options of the the Board of Control for Cricket in India following the offer that the governing body received from the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). The cash-rich Twenty20 competition, due to begin on March 29 and pushed back to April 15, was postponed indefinitely. The BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal has confirmed the offer from the ECB shortly after Sri Lanka had also offered to host the tournament. “The UAE has offered to host the IPL if we…

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