World Health Organisation has declared Coronavirus a ‘pandemic’ and all the countries across the globe has started to put a ban on mass gatherings more severely. An advisory related to organising games in closed doors to avoid mass gatherings has also been released by Indian Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
Since the last couple of days, a number of series have been either called off or advised to be played closed doors by the officials of BCCI and India’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports.
With the coronavirus threat getting intense every passing day, the dark clouds are hovering over the IPL 2020 as well as there are just 15 days left for the start of the tournament. Now BCCI has been postponed IPL 2020 t0 15th April due to corona virus.
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 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,” the BCCI said in a statement yesterday.
IPL 2020 may be cancelled
According to media reports, BCCI needs to start the Indian Premier League 2020 before 20th April 2020. if the tournament doesn’t start before this date then the possible situation is that the tournament may not be held this year.
“If at all the IPL starts, it would be around April 20 but the decision will be made around April 10. If the tournament doesn’t start by April 20, it will have to be deferred till the next year,” an IPL official said when speaking about the latest developments.
“Besides players, most teams have foreigners in its coaching staff. Since the visa issue is unresolved, they were not so keen on starting the tournament without coaches, not just the players,” the official added.