First priority is safety, nobody has a choice: Sourav Ganguly
By: PTI | Mumbai |

Updated: March 13, 2020 9:16:40 pm

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BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Friday stated the “first priority is safety” after the Board suspended the start of this year’s IPL from March 29 to April 15 in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Let’s stick to the postponement (at the moment). First priority is safety, so we postponed the games,” Ganguly stated in his first response.

“We will see what happens. It is too early to answer,” stated Ganguly when requested if there will likely be extra double headers if they’re able to host it from April 15.

The BCCI additionally called off the ongoing ODI series in opposition to South Africa.

Asked whether or not the IPL franchises are joyful, Ganguly stated, “Nobody has a choice.”

A senior BCCI official stated that solely the beginning date has been pushed whereas the window stays the identical with regard to the IPL.

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The resolution to droop IPL got here hours after Delhi authorities suspended all sporting exercise within the nationwide capital because of the ever-growing well being disaster. Delhi is dwelling to the Delhi Capitals IPL franchise.

The Sports Ministry had on Thursday issued an advisory asking nationwide federations to observe the Health Ministry’s tips and keep away from massive gatherings in sports activities occasions.

India has recorded greater than 80 constructive circumstances thus far with the worldwide contaminated depend standing at over 1,30,000.

The demise toll due to the virus has gone past 5,000 internationally.

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