COVID-19: BCCI suspends IPL 2020 till further notice

COVID-19: BCCI suspends IPL 2020 till further notice

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Mumbai, Apr 16: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday suspended the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 'till further notice,' in the wake of the Novel Coronavirus, which has halted all sporting activities around the world.

'Due to the evolving global health concerns regarding COVID-19 and lockdown measures implemented by the Government of India to contain the spread of the pandemic, the IPL Governing Council of BCCI has decided that IPL 2020 Season will be suspended till further notice,' IPL said in a statement on its official website. '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 franchise owners, broadcaster, sponsors and all stakeholders, acknowledges that IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so," it added.

The 13th season of IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to be held between March 29 and May 24, however, after a surge in COVID-19 positive cases in India, the government had announced a lockdown from March 24 to April 14, eventually leading to postponement of the league to April 15.

With the Indian government extending the lockdown till May 3, as cases are on the rise in the country, the postponement was on the cards. BCCI said it 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. (UNI)