Hyderabad: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended the cash-rich glitzy Indian Premier League (IPL) indefinitely.
The IPL was scheduled to start at the end of March, however, the coronavirus pandemic meant the country was subjected to a 40-day lockdown.
Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary of the BCCI, in a release said, “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 till further notice.”
Shah added that the health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in the sport remain the board’s top priority and the BCCI along with the franchise owners, broadcaster, sponsors and all the stakeholders had decided that it is wise to commence the IPL season when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
“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,” Shah added.