New Delhi [India]: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Wednesday that the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season has been indefinitely postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared on Tuesday that India would remain in lockdown to contain COVID-19 cases until 3 May.
Meanwhile, the 21-day lockout declared last month by the PM has ended on Tuesday.
Modi told the nation that all districts, localities, states will be closely monitored until April 20 as to how strictly they are enforcing norms. States that do not allow hotspots to grow could be allowed to restart certain essential operations but under certain conditions.
The IPL was supposed to start from March 29 but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament had to be postponed until April 15.
As part of measures to curb the spread of the pandemic, at the time of BCCI’s announcement, the Central Government had also suspended all visas to India until April 15.
The total number of positive cases of coronavirus throughout the country is 11,439 with 9,756 active cases.
At present, 1,305 patients have been cured and discharged while 377 deaths have been reported according to data given by the Health Ministry.