The spread of the deadly Coronavirus across the globe has caused the world’s biggest T20 franchise tournament, Indian Premier League to be suspended indefinitely, said the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Thursday.
Earlier, the IPL was scheduled to start from the 15th April 2020, however, with the lockdown further extending till 3rd May, the BCCI has decided to suspend the league until further notice.
“Due to the evolving global health concerns regarding COVID-19 and lockdown measures implemented by the Government of India to contain the spread of the pandemic, the IPL Governing Council of the BCCI has decided that the IPL 2020 Season will be suspended until further notice,” the BCCI said in a release.
“The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remain our top priority and a such, the BCCI along with the Franchise Owners, Broadcasters and Sponsors and all the Stakeholders acknowledge the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”
Looking at the current situation around the world, the resumption of the sporting events are unlikely to happen for at least the next six months. As many as 21,17, 933 people across the globe have been contaminated with the Coronavirus and 1,41,938 have died as of writing this article.
“BCCI will continue to monitor and review the situation regarding a potential start date in close partnership with all of its stakeholders and will continue to take guidance from the Government of India, State Governments and other State Regulatory bodies.”
Some of the most popular football leagues such as Euro 2020, Champions League and Europa League have all been suspended, while NBA, Formula One and the cricket tournaments too aren’t likely to happen anytime soon.