Following the ever-growing global concern about the threat of coronavirus, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has been pushed back to April 15. The decision to postpone the annual cricket tournament, which was scheduled to start on March 29, was taken by the BCCI on Friday in the wake of the advice given by various arms of the Indian government.
The cash-rich league now joins a host of high-profile sporting events which have been affected by COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), a respiratory illness that was declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organistion (WHO) this week.
However, given the speed at which coronavirus is spreading its impact, is it the right decision to postpone the IPL? Here we take a look at five reasons as to why the tournament should have been cancelled or at least suspended.
#5 IPL is a domestic, annual tournament
First of all, the IPL is a domestic tournament which is held annually. Cricketers take part from all countries, they play for their respective franchises and go back to donning their nation’s jerseys.
Mostly, the IPL is a mode of entertainment that comes around every year. Indeed, several people would lose an opportunity to earn, several people will go through losses. But then again, even if it were to be cancelled this year, the IPL can easily return next year in a bigger way!