The upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended till April 15 due to the coronavirus outburst. “The BCCI is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders,” a BCCI media release signed by board secretary Jay Shah stated.
The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah will meet the co-owners of all the eight franchises to discuss the further proceedings in Saturday’s Governing Council (GC) meet.
IPL was originally scheduled to begin from March 29 when Mumbai Indians would have locked horns with Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium.
The remaining two ODIs between India and South Africa were also called-off due to the outbreak of COVID-19.The two matches were scheduled to take place in Lucknow and Kolkata in front of empty stands.
The Indian Sports Ministry had issued an advisory for all the National Sports Federations to “ensure that no public gathering takes place in any sporting event” in the country.
The BCCI had issued a statement that the medical team has been monitoring the Coronavirus situation and the players, support staff and state associations have been briefed about the WHO’s guidelines.
The Corona Virus outburst has been rapidly increasing. After China, Italy became the second country that has been locked down. Apart from Italy, Spain, Germany, US, UK, Iran, South Korea and some more countries have been suffering from the outburst.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared COVID-19 disease to be a pandemic.