IPL 2020: No home stadium for RCB? Karnataka government not ready to host IPL matches
A Bengaluru resident with a travel history to the USA was tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday. According the Karnataka minister K Sudhakar, the patient had come in contact with over 2500 people, which has cast doubts on the IPL.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are a jinxed Indian Premier League (IPL) side. They've had some of the best T20 sides in the past 12 seasons but never managed to clinch the coveted silverware. And it looks the 13th season has brought with it another curse -- the coronavirus. India is battling to control the widespreading virus which has killed many people across the globe and the respective state governments are taking efforts to keep people away from potential sources of the deadly virus.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and other officials have repeatedly stressed that the IPL will go on as per schedule. But on Monday, a Bengaluru resident with a travel history was tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which has cast further doubts on the IPL. According to Karnataka Minister K Sudhakar, the infected person had come in contact with more than 2500 people since his return from the US.
All primary schools in Bengaluru and certain IT companies have been shut down until further notice while local news channels have reported that the government has requested the IPL to be postponed or cancelled to prevent the spreading of the virus.
The 13th season of the IPL is less than three weeks away from getting underway and it would be very difficult for the Benglauru franchise to find another home city for the season if the Karnataka government says no to hosting IPL matches. IPL's most successful sides -- Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) -- will horns in the opening game of the season on March 29. But with the number of coronavirus cases increasing rampantly, the chances of the IPL being played behind closed doors or being cancelled remain quite high.