Maharashtra orders to hold IPL matches in empty stadiums
A Maharashtra state cabinet decided on Wednesday (March 11) that the matches of upcoming 2020 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in the state can be held only in empty stadiums.
This decision from the cabinet that discussed the positive cases in the state comes on the back of news breaking out that the positive cases of coronavirus in India has hit 60.
According to the cabinet, there is fear that the large crowds that come to watch IPL games will pose a serious contagion risk.
The two-month long IPL is scheduled to kick off on March 29 with the defending champions Mumbai Indians due to host Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now in a fix following the Maharashtra government’s directive.
“There are spectators for many matches being played in the country currently. That said, we are monitoring the situation. The IPL governing council is meeting on Saturday (Mar 14). That’s when we will look at all the factors and take a decision,” IPL chairman Brijesh Patel was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile it has been reported by Cricbuzz that IPL’s Governing Council is set to meet on Saturday (March 14) to discuss, among other things, the viability of hosting IPL 2020 amidst the threat of COVID-19.
“We are monitoring the situation for now and will have an update once a decision is taken,” said Patel.