Coronavirus threat: IPL 2020 to be held partly without spectators?
According to people in the know, games scheduled in the first 15 days of the Indian Premier League could be held without spectators to abide by the Coronavirus advisory
With the coronavirus threat looming large on the Indian Premier League, there is a strong likelihood of the games being held without spectators for the first 15 days. However, the BCCI is said to be sticking to the planned schedule.
A number of state governments have approached the central government, expressing concerns due to the COVID-19 advisory asking people to avoid crowded places.
If the tournament, even a part of it, is kept out of bounds for the spectators, franchise owners are likely to suffer heavy losses, since they get the maximum share of the ticketing revenue. As per estimates, around 40,000 people watch the matches live in a stadium.
Media reports mention that each team earns approximately Rs 8 to 9 crore from one match. According to a source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity: “If tickets are not sold, it will mean a huge loss for the franchisees and this is when BCCI has already reduced the prize money.”
BCCI has notified all the franchises that this year, the winning IPL team would get Rs 10 crore instead of the earlier Rs 20 crore.
Newly-appointed BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has also announced that the cricketing body will be adopting all precautionary measures for the tournament, which is about two weeks away, in the wake of the coronavirus threat.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has sent off a letter to the Centre to cancel IPL 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Maharashtra health ministry too has raised concerns about the same, said media reports.
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