For countless fans across the world, the temporary suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been a huge blow. The authorities will take a call in early April if the tournament can still go ahead after assessing the situation in the country.
While the chances of that look slim at the moment, here are 5 ways in which the IPL 2020 can still happen.
A truncated schedule
A truncated IPL right would be the best way forward. At best, IPL 2020 can begin from the first or second week of May if the situation in the country improves. Then, we can have double-headers on weekdays and triple-headers on the weekends to allow as many matches as possible. Also, instead of one team playing the other twice it would be better to have every team facing-off against the other just once. That will mean a short but definitely feasible tournament.
Doing away with the home and away concept
If the IPL has to happen this year, then the home and away concept has to be discarded for this season. The matches can be held in Maharashtra only. Mumbai has three functional grounds and Pune has one. That will be enough to hold all the matches of the tournament. Moreover, this will also allow all the teams to stay in one state and won’t force them to travel every day for every match.
This is a no-brainer. In the current coronavirus pandemic situation, no gatherings must be allowed. Hence, there is no way that the IPL, or any sports game, can be held in front of crowds right now. So if the IPL 2020 does happen, it should be played in front of empty stands. It might be weird but it will certainly be safe.
No presentation ceremony and opening ceremony event
Another part of the IPL that has to be done away with is the presentation ceremony and the opening ceremony event. The presentation ceremony requires a big number of media personnel on the ground along with a several authorities; getting close with each other and shaking hands. That has to be avoided. The opening ceremony event has to be done away with for obvious reasons. Even without the crowd, that ceremony requires plenty of performers on the stage and hundreds of other authorities in close proximity. It is too risky and has to be done away with.
The proceeds for each game should be donated for the corona relief fund
Right now, the biggest concern in India is dealing with the coronavirus crisis. With such a huge population, the number of people getting infected with the disease will only rise. At this time, the country, and especially the healthcare system, would need as many funds as possible to handle the patients. The IPL can play a huge role at this time. They can donate all the proceeds from their matches to the relief fund in handling this pandemic. That will add more value to the tournament and the funds generated will also be huge help to India’s fight against corona.