The BCCI on Thursday suspended the 2020 Indian Premier League â€œtill further noticeâ€œ, a decision that was conveyed to the franchises a couple of days back and was expected after the lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic was extended.
The IPL 2020, which was scheduled to get underway on March 29, was initially suspended until April 15 after the country went on a 21-day lockdown in a bid to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
However, with the Covid-19 crisis intensifying across the globe, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the lockdown will be extended till May 3.
â€œDue 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 the BCCI has decided that the IPL 2020 Season will be suspended until further notice,â€ the BCCI said in a release.
â€œThe health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and such, the BCCI along with the Franchise Owners, Broadcasters and Sponsors and all the Stakeholders acknowledge the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.â€
About conducting 13th edition of the league later in the year, the board said, “BCCI 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.â€