Updated: April 17, 2020 8:30:51 am
Following the steep rise in coronavirus cases in the country, the IPL Governing Council of the BCCI on Thursday decided to suspend the tournament till further notice.
The cricket body released a statement in this regard that stated that keeping the health and safety of the cricketers in mind, BCCI along with all the associates involved with IPL have decided to commence the tournament only when it feels safe to conduct.
“The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and as such, the BCCI along with the Franchise Owners, Broadcaster, Sponsors and all the Stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so,” the statement read.
It further added: “BCCI will continue to monitor and review the situation regarding a potential start date in close partnership with all of its stakeholders and will continue to take guidance from the Government of India, State Governments and other State Regulatory bodies.”
The tournament was initially scheduled to be held on March 29, with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium.
However, after the 21-day nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the tournament was postponed till April 15.
We had earlier reported that the Indian Premier League will not be held this year due to the pandemic. The Indian board is believed to be waiting for an announcement from the Indian government and sports ministry on visas before it makes the news official.
The Indian Express understands that if IPL happens next year then there will be no mega auction. Instead, the status quo will be continued and IPL franchises allowed to pick players if they want too.
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