India, March 26 -- India's biggest summer spectacle-the Indian Premier League (IPL)-is on the verge of becoming a no show in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The world's richest cricket league, whose brand value last year was $6.7 billion, according to the US consultancy firm Duff and Phelps, is a parade of top international stars, but it also scores for the talent that it unearths.

David Warner and Jasprit Bumrah are among those who rose from IPL's hustle and bustle, plucked out of obscurity as raw, young talent, and launched into stardom.

Many young players, or those just looking to be noticed, dream of taking the IPL route to national selection. This year, they fear missing out, with no guarantee what the next season will bring up...