IPL 2020 : BCCI postponed IPL till 15 Apr due to Coronavirus.
The increasing number of coronavirus cases has provoked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to postponed the IPL 2020 till April 15. The Twenty20 cricket tournament was scheduled to start on March 29.
This came hours after the Delhi government barred all sporting activity in the national capital due to the ever-growing health emergency. Delhi is the base of the Delhi Capitals IPL franchise.
We have decided to ban any sports activity where people will gather in huge numbers like IPL. Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said.
So far, India has reported 78 cases of coronavirus infection, according to the Union Health Ministry. A 76-year old from Kalaburagi, Karnataka, with a travel history to Saudi Arabia, became the first casualty of COVID-19 in India. A 68-year-old woman in Delhi became the second Death due to coronavirus on Friday. The death was caused due to co-morbidity (diabetes and hypertension). The woman was admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, officials said.
BCCI ( Indian cricket board ) said it will work closely with the central government to tackle the situation. And sent the communication to all eight franchises on Friday, saying it would meet the owners on Saturday in person in Mumbai to further debrief on the matter.
Star Sports, which has paid a huge Rs 16,347 crore for five years (nearly Rs 5500 crore per year) for telecast rights, might like to re-negotiate the deal with the BCCI in case of a curtailed IPL
Several international sports event were cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak which killed nearly 5,000 people worldwide.
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