BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Indian Premiere League (IPL) 2020 has been postponed to April 15 from March 29 in the wake of novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The BCCI has also decided to cancel the remaining two ODIs between Indian and South Africa that was to be played in Lucknow and Kolkata.
The decision to postpone the high-profile IPL tournament, which was scheduled to start on March 29, was taken by the BCCI top brass lead by its president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah and top management of the IPL in the wake of the advice given by various arms of the Indian government.
The IPL sent the communication to all eight franchises on Friday, saying it would meet the owners on Saturday in person in Mumbai to further debrief on the matter.
The BCCI confirmed the development through a media release Friday afternoon stating it was “suspending” the IPL until April 15 as a “precautionary measure” against the coronavirus.
“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 cricket board said in a statement..
“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,” read the statement.