New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday postponed the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League and pushed back its start to April 15 as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
The tournament was scheduled to begin on March 29 with a clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.
The decision comes after the Delhi government decided to ‘ban’ the tournament in the wake of the coronavirus threat. Earlier, the Maharashtra government had said that they will allow matches behind closed doors.
India’s sports ministry issued an advisory to all the National Sports Federations, including BCCI, against public gathering in any sporting event.
The advisory further stated that if the conduct of the sporting event couldn’t be avoided, it should be held behind closed doors, without the spectators.