Jos Buttler was one of the featured Rajatshan Royals performers at IPL last year. © BCCI / IPL
England and Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler expect players to be able to play at least one shortened version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. The IPL was supposed to start on March 29, but was postponed until April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic. With India entering a three-week lockdown starting March 5, there is now uncertainty about whether organizers will be able to start the tournament after April 15.
“No news at the moment. We saw, initially, that it was going to be postponed. It is very difficult to see this change in the immediate future, so I don’t see that as a possibility at the moment,” Buttler said on a Skysports podcast. .
“Obviously, it’s such a massive tournament for world cricket, so I hope some of that can continue, maybe a shortened tournament.”
So far more than 400 cases have been reported in India and nine deaths from coronavirus. As has been the case in most parts of the world, the viral spread has led to the freezing of sports activities in the country.
India’s home ODI series against South Africa had to be postponed due to fear of the virus, while other sports tournaments were canceled after the Sports Ministry’s order to suspend all sports activities a week ago.