The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend ‘IPL 2020’ till April 15, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing COVID-19 situation, informed BCCI secretary Jay Shah in a statement.
This came hours after Delhi government suspended all sporting activity in the national capital due to the ever-growing health crisis. Delhi is home to the Delhi Capitals IPL franchise.
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 statement made it clear that it’s “suspension” and “not postponement” which means that there is no clarity on whether the event will start on April 15 and even if it starts on April 15; it is expected to happen behind closed doors without the fans.
So far, India has recorded more than 78 positive cases and one death due to the pandemic which has claimed close to 5,000 lives globally.