With the cash-rich Indian Premier League’s fate hanging in uncertainty, franchises are resorting to Whatsapp groups to give clarity to players about the tournament and its future and answer their queries regarding other issues as many theories are doing the rounds amid the 21-day lockdown in India.

“See, you do realise that for players, it is all about going out onto the field and performing. Critics can talk about the money factor and stuff, but it is very difficult for cricketers to be sitting at home and not being sure when they will be back on the ground and if at all the IPL will happen this year. Numerous theories in the media has also not helped. So, it was decided to create a WhatsApp group so that their queries can be answered without any confusion,” the official said.

Another franchise official echoed the sentiment and said that some of the youngsters who were to play their first season of IPL this year have time and again been checking the status of the league and creating a group was the perfect solution.

“Rather than listening to people on the outside and getting half-baked information, it is always better that they get the real picture. Till recently we had the youngsters checking if reports that the IPL will not happen this year are true or not. So, it is best if you have a group where you have the management, the coaching staff as well as the players all under one roof,” the official told IANS.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now looking at the October-November window to host the 13th edition of the IPL. But the move can only be possible if the ICC decides to postpone the World T20.