IPL 2020 set to be postponed indefinitely
Most of the sports schedule around the world has shut down due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The situation is getting worse every day and in order to tackle the situation, many countries including India have announced a lockdown.
Meanwhile, the earlier announced 21-down lockdown has been extended in India until May 3, as announced by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After such announcement, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has notified the IPL franchises that the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League stands postponed indefinitely.
“Yes, the BCCI has intimated us that IPL has been postponed for the time being but they are hopeful of finding a window later this year as and when things normalize,” a veteran franchise official was quoted as saying by PTI.
Earlier, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly had hinted of postponement of the much-awaited IPL 2020. “Practically speaking, when life has come to a standstill everywhere in the world, where does sport have a future in this,” Ganguly had told the New Indian Express.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was originally scheduled to kick off on March 29 with the finalists of the previous edition, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings set to face off against each other. Later on, the tournament was announced suspended until April 15 amidst Coronavirus concerns.
As on April 14, India has witnessed over 10,000 coronavirus affected positive cases, with the country registering 350-plus deaths.