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The IPL 2020, which was set to be staged behind closed doors starting March 29, has now been moved to April 15 following the question marks around the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The decision to postpone the tournament was jointly undertaken by the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah and the IPL top management. The government had earlier issues warnings about the dangers of conducting the tournament from March 29 and it was decided that the games would take place in empty stadiums.
IPL sent communication to the franchises regarding the decision although the in-person meeting with the owners will go as per schedule on Saturday in Mumbai.
Earlier today, Delhi backed out from hosting IPL games. There were rumours surfacing about the future of the IPL season but the central sports ministry had placed the onus on BCCI to take a call, provided they strictly adhere to the guidelines issued by the government
The official statement from Jay Shah reads thus:
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have decided to suspend IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
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.
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