The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is currently in progress amidst the COVID-19 case surge in India. Over the last couple of years, the BCCI has been organising a three-team Women’s T20 Challenge which is said to be the pre-cursor for the Women’s IPL in the near future
The board was planning for another edition of the WT20 with three teams this year as well. The matches take place alongside playoffs of the IPL. However, it seems that the tournament will be postponed this year. India is currently witnessing a disastrous second wave of COVID-19 with more than 3 lakh cases being report in the country over last 5-6 days.
Most of the foreign countries are banning travel to and from India to avoid infection to spread. And the overseas players are unlikely to get a chance to reach India due to the same reason. It would be a logistical challenge to fly in the players from countries like Australia, England, New Zealand who have announced strict restrictions.
“With various countries imposing travel restrictions to India, it definitely looks impossible for now to fly in the players. So at this point, things look difficult,” a source was quoted as saying by Sportstar. BCCI hasn’t made any official statement as of now but is expected to take a call sooner.
As far as the IPL is concerned, it is currently going on amidst calls for postponement. Moreover, even some of the overseas players have left. Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa are some of the latest who pulled out just before Australia banned flights from India.