Assessing and re-assessing situation every week – Sourav Ganguly

Former cricketer Sourav Ganguly, newly-elected president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), speaks during a press conference at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on October 23, 2019. - Former captain Sourav Ganguly was unanimously elected on October 23 as president of India's troubled cricket board, the sport's most powerful body. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP) (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP via Getty Images)

Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly has said that the situation given ‘rise in concerns surrounding COVID-19’ are to be assessed every week in a bid to figure out what lay ahead of IPL 2020. The season, which was scheduled to kick-off on March 29, has been suspended until April 15, without any confirmation of whether it will begin from that date on.

As of Monday, all possible cricket all over the world stands suspended, cancelled or postponed, with the BCCI even putting its upcoming domestic fixtures – like the Irani Trophy – on hold. Ganguly stressed that safety of the players and everyone involved will dictate the terms going ahead.

“Safety is most important for the players, and at the moment (with) what’s going around in the world and India with the government directives this is all we can do. We have postponed remaining domestic matches,” Ganguly said.

The IPL Governing Council held a meeting on Saturday and explained to the franchises about the uncertainty at the moment. Ganguly also stated that there’s no deadline as to when the league can begin and that the situation in the country is going to be assessed and re-assessed constantly, keeping in mind the security concerns.

“We met with the owners, to tell them how it can happen and where do we stand at the moment. At the moment, it is just postponed. We will assess the situation,” Ganguly said. “It will be re-assessed every week. I can’t say at the moment (about any deadline). It has to be worked around. As much as we want to host the IPL, we also need to be careful about the security,” he added.