After the postponement of Indian Premier League 2020(IPL) at least till 15 April, the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] and the stakeholders of all the eight Indian Premier League franchises met on Saturday to discuss the situation that has arisen due to the novel Coronavirus at its headquarters in Mumbai.
In a briefing after the meeting, the BCCI and all its stakeholders looked committed to the government’s order and public health. “The board will continue to monitor and work closely with the Government of India, state governments and other state regulatory bodies to decide on the future course of action in the best interest of public health. The BCCI and all its stakeholders are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for everyone involved in our great sport and the nation,” stated a media release.
BCCI has opted for wait and watch policy till the situations improves enough to organise the show-piece event. Among several options that were discussed, BCCI is not looking to organise the IPL 2020 abroad at least. The BCCI officials briefed the media post the meeting, “Option of shifting IPL abroad not discussed at all in the Governing Council meeting.”
Jay Shah, the Honourable Secretary of the BCCI, also reiterated that the safety of players, fans and all the stakeholders will always remain the priority. Jay Shah also ensured that BCCI is continuously monitoring the situation with the central government and other regulatory bodies.
“The BCCI along with all the IPL franchises have reiterated BCCI’s stand of putting the safety and well-being of fans, athletes, and employees as a priority. The board will continue to monitor and work closely with the Government of India, state governments and other state regulatory bodies to decide on the future course of action in the best interest of public health” said Jay Shah.