The Indian Premier League has decided to suspend the start of the IPL until April 15 as a precautionary measure due to the recent outbreak.
Following the decision to suspend the remainder of the NBA season after Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with the virus, and the cancelation of all Champions League and Europa League matches, the IPL campaign will start later than planned.
Earlier this week, the World Health Organisation declared that the COVID-19 virus is now a pandemic and the threat of Coronavirus is now being taken extremely seriously.
The Indian government earlier suggested that no more sporting events in the country would be cancelled, but folloiwng lenghty talks it has been decided that the start of the IPL season will now be delayed until April 15 instead of the intended start date of March 29.
🚨Announcement🚨: #VIVOIPL suspended till 15th April 2020 as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 13, 2020
A statement from the IPL read: “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (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.”