The BCCI, on Thursday, suspended the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. The thirteenth edition of the IPL was set to get underway on March 29 with a blockbuster clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.
But even before the league could start, the BCCI suspended the league till April 15 in the wake of the outbreak. At the time of suspending IPL 2020, the board had stated that the next decision would depend on the situation. But unfortunately, the situation has only worsened since then.
As things stand, there are more than 10,000 positive cases across the country with more than 300 deaths. Earlier this week, PM Narendra Modi announced that extension of the lockdown. The lockdown has been extended to May 3 for the time being.
And with little certainty on how things will unfold in the coming days, the BCCI has suspended IPL 2020 indefinitely. In an official statement, the BCCI stated that the league will take place only ‘when it is safe and appropriate to do so’.
“The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and as such, the BCCI along with the Franchise Owners, Broadcaster, Sponsors and all the Stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so,” a BCCI release stated.
Due to the pandemic, most of the cricket calendar around the world has shut down. All the international fixtures and major domestic events are suspended as people across the world are being told to stay indoors.The likes of Australia, New Zealand, England, Pakistan and other countries have called off their international and domestic events.