Four state cricket associations, who have sought permission from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to conduct their versions of the IPL, have developed timidity over organizing their leagues. The day after obtaining the go-ahead from the BCCI, three of the four states have said they’re unsure of conducting the leagues and one association has called off its tournament.
On Thursday (April 29), the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) said it’s deferred the league. “Given the present COVID-19 pandemic situation within the country and keeping in mind the security and interests of all the stakeholders involved, the Mumbai Cricket Association has decided to defer the conduct of the third edition of the T20 Mumbai League till further notice,” the MCA said during a statement. the choice follows an indoor meeting among the MCA officials.
Maharashtra has been seeing a spike in Covid-19 cases lately and therefore the MCA decision was largely on the expected lines because it would have had to start the tournament immediately after the IPL final on May 30. In its mail, the BCCI had said that the states eager to hold their leagues have 15 days post the IPL final to ascertain the schedule through. The IPL ends on May 30.
Meanwhile, Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) said it’s not thinking of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) at this stage due to the Covid-19 situation and lockdown within the state. “The situation isn’t conducive at this stage. we’ve not had a gathering and that we haven’t any time for it either. we’ll decide later,”
Saurashtra and Tamil Nadu officials have said they’re going to await permission from their respective state governments. “The systems are in situ and that we can hold the tournament, but at this stage, we cannot say. we’d like permission from the govt. We are happy that the Chennai leg of the IPL has been skilled without hiccups. we’ll await the government’s advice,” said Tamil Nadu Cricket Association secretary S Ramaswamy.
The response from the Saurashtra Cricket Association official was also on similar lines. “We have a five-time league (Saurashtra Premier League). we all know the way to organize even during a bio-secure environment, but it depends on the Covid situation at that point,” an SCA office-bearer said.