The fear of Coronavirus Pandemic forced BCCI authorities to postpone the cricket games filled with thrill. The IPL 2020 suspended till 15th April to tackle ongoing threats of Pandemic Coronavirus. Earlier, the IPL 2020 scheduled to begin on March 29.
On Friday, Deputy Cheif Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodiya, announced that we will ban the IPL 2020 cricket games in the wake of coronavirus for safety measurements. And this ban on the games will help us to stop the virus from spreading.
Sisodia also added that “Government of Delhi has banned all the sports-related gatherings in the state. If BCCI wants to come up with some new gaming formats then it’s up to them. But presently we are banning all such sports activities where there is a possibility of thousands of people gathering.”
He further added that “We are intent to avoid gathering but not stop people from practicing.” He also advised everyone to avoid large gatherings.
Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs also advised BCCI officials not to go ahead with IPL 2020 at this time. But the final decision left at the discretion of the BCCI.
BCCI’s Official Statement on Rescheduling of IPL 2020
In an official press conference, BCCI said, “We are much concerned and sensitive about all our stakeholders and public health. We are taking all the important steps to make sure that all the people indulge in Indian Premier League including fans have a safe Cricketing experience.”
It further added, “BCCI will closely work with Indian Government along with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and all other relevant Central and State Government departments in this regard to stop Covid-19”
This decision to postpone the event comes to light a day before the IPL Governing Council meeting on Saturday in Mumbai. when the Government of India suspends visas for all the foreign countries till April 15. All foreign players get business/ sports visas and full under the ‘exempted from government restrictions’ category.
The IPL Governing Council and BCCI heads including Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah and franchise members decided to suggest April 15 as the starting date of the IPL 2020 tournament.
IPL 2020 New Schedule
Till now there is no official statement about the new schedule of IPL 2020 from BCCI and neither from IPL Governing Council. But if we get any clue about the new schedule, we will keep you posted here. So stay tuned for more.