The BCCI has suspended the 13th edition of Indian Premier League "till further notice" amid the global pandemic coronavirus outbreak, which has taken more than 500 lives and affected over 13,000 in the country so far. PTI has reported on April 14 that the BCCI had a talk with the eight franchisees along with other stakeholders about the recent situation but there was no official word came from the board yet.
"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," said BCCI secretary Jay Shah in a statement.
The IPL was scheduled to start on March 29 and end on May 24 but it was later postponed till April 15 after the increasing growth of COVID-19 positive cases in India. However, the situation got worse as India at first were in a 21-day lockdown and later it was extended until May 3 and amid this, the BCCI didn't confirm any new date.
"The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and as such, the BCCI along with the Franchise Owners, Broadcaster, Sponsors and all the Stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so," Shah further added.
However, Jay Shah further shared that they are monitoring the entire situation and will seek guidance from the central government as well as states as well. The only time left for the BCCI to host the cash-rich league is September-November. For that, India will have to leave the Asia Cup hosted by the PCB in Dubai and the International Cricket Council has to postpone the ICC T20 World Cup.