Will Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 happen this year? This is the question running in the billions of cricket fans in India and across the world. The IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to start from March 29 but postponed indefinitely by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) due to the coronavirus pandemic and a nation-wide lockdown to contain its spread.

Earlier last month, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly wrote to state associations and asked to prepare for the tournament. There were reports that the BCCI was considering a curtailed season behind closed doors. The tentative dates for the IPL 2020 was set from September 26 to November 8.

However, after that no words came from the BCCI until today, and uncertainty over the premier T-20 league remained. Now there is another update from the BCCI which may disappoint both fans as well as the players. According to news agency ANI, citing BCCI sources, the board has not decided on tentative dates for the Indian Premier League review meeting.

"As of now, no date has been decided for the Indian Premier League (IPL) review meeting, there are issues that BCCI is looking into. The meeting will happen once we work on all the surrounding issues of IPL," the agency quoted BCCI sources as saying.

There are speculations that the issue could be regarding the Chinese mobile company VIVO's title sponsorship. VIVO is the main sponsor of the IPL and amid the anti-China sentiments following the Galwan clashes, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed, there have been demands from several quarters that the BCCI should drop the Chinese company from sponsorship.

"Taking note of the border skirmish that resulted in the martyrdom of our brave jawans, the IPL Governing Council has convened a meeting next week to review IPL's various sponsorship deals," the BCCI had said after the border clashes between Indian and Chinese soldiers.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma