It was confirmed by the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly that this year an All-Star game will be held before the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Recently, Ganguly also announced that the charity match will take place on March 25 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. However, in the latest development, the match has been postponed to the end of the tournament.
"We are not calling it off, it has just been postponed to the end of the tournament. We wanted to see how the players are performing, and on the basis of that, form the teams for the All-Star match," said Brijesh Patel.
However, the Mumbai Mirror report stated that the details of the game were not thought through to the fullest. The biggest factor behind the postpone was the reluctance of the franchises who were not informed about the game before Ganguly announced it publicly.
The IPL franchises have been quite reluctant from the very start to allow their players take part in the All-Star encounter. The franchises were not willing to let go of players fearing potential injuries before the start of the season. Secondly, the teams did not want to spare players in the time they can utilize for promotional activities and camps. Besides, there were also monetary issues as there was no clarity over who would pay the players for the match.
“It is at least not happening before the start of the IPL,” an official of a south franchise was quoted as saying by the news outlet.