Published On: Fri, Mar 13th, 2020

IPL 2020 suspended till April 15 due to coronavirus threat: BCCI

New Delhi: Due to novel coronavirus COVID-19 threat, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has been suspended till April 15, 2020.

As per the original schedule, IPL 2020 was to start on March 29

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday announced the suspension of the cash-rich T20 league till April 15 as a precautionary measure against coronavirus which has spread to over 100 countries and infected over 1.30 lakh people including 75 in India.

A statement by BCCI Honorary Secretary Jay Shah on Friday stated that the decision to suspend IPL 2020 was taken in view of safety of all those involved with the tournament including the players and fans.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation. The BCCI is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience,” the statement read.

“The BCCI will work closely with the Government of India along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and all other relevant Central and State Government departments in this regard,” it added.

With foreign players unavailable till April 15 for IPL 2020 due to visa restrictions imposed by the government to contain the spread of coronavirus, the tournament’s start on March 29 was always under threat. The central government had on March 11, 2020, announced a ban on the entry of people from outside India for a month starting March 13 to tackle the coronavirus threat.

As per the original schedule, IPL 2020 was to start on March 29 with the final on May 24.

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