The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is yet to decide on whether or not this year’s season will be ‘affected’ by the outbreak of coronavirus, but the entity has said it is monitoring the situation.
This was disclosed in a CPL statement issued in direct response to recent media reports questioning the effect COVID-19 would have on the Caribbean region, and by extension hosting of this highly anticipated T20 tournament.
While, understandably, there has been some speculation regarding the upcoming CPL season, which is scheduled to be held from August 19 to September 26, 2020, the entity believes it is yet too early to make the critical decision in regard to this tournament’s staging; but, confronted with an evolving situation, CPL authorities have said they are carefully watching how events unfold in the Caribbean and around the world.
The release also stated: “CPL has been in constant communication with our medical advisors in recent weeks, as well as speaking with Cricket West Indies (CWI) about the current situation with regard to cricket around the world, and at present there has been no discussion about moving the event.”
CPL authorities are at present said to be planning for the tournament to take place as scheduled, while also looking at alternative plans should those be needed.
The authorities of this premier T20 tournament have taken the opportunity to express their concerns for the many fans, players and staff from around the world who have been impacted by this crisis, and have shared the hope that those persons and their families stay safe and healthy.