New delhi sources stated that participation of foreign players at this year's IPL came under severe doubt after the government ordered fresh visa restrictions to contain the spread of novel coronavirus even as the bcci decided to adopt a wait and watch policy for now.
The bcci will wait for the next couple of days to decide its next course of action after the government issued fresh advisory with a ban on all existing foreign visas, except a few categories like diplomatic and employment, till april 15 in the wake of new positive cases of novel coronavirus in the country. A senior Board office bearer told Please give us two days. It's not possible to give you concrete details at the moment.
india has reported 60 positive cases in the outbreak which has led to over 4,000 deaths globally. Having the IPL, starting march 29, played in empty stadiums is an option but a decision will only be taken at the league's Governing Council meeting in mumbai on march 14. The bcci seems jittery about the 60-odd foreign cricketers, who travel to india for the IPL. The Board said it is not yet clear on whether visas to these players also stand cancelled. Moreover the fate of the PIL is set to be heard in madras high court on Thursday. And amid a possibility that the maharashtra government might bar IPL games in the state, the only feasible solution is having matches inside empty stadiums.