BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Friday mentioned the “first priority is safety” after the Board suspended the beginning of this yr’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 mentioned in his first response.
“We will see what happens. It is too early to answer,” mentioned Ganguly when requested if there might be extra double headers if they can host it from April 15.
The BCCI additionally known as off the continuing ODI sequence in opposition to South Africa.
Asked whether or not the IPL franchises are comfortable, Ganguly mentioned, “Nobody has a choice.”
A senior BCCI official mentioned that solely the beginning date has been pushed whereas the window stays the identical with regard to the IPL.
The determination to droop IPL got here hours after Delhi authorities suspended all sporting exercise within the nationwide capital because of the ever-rising well being disaster. Delhi is house 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 giant gatherings in sports activities occasions.
India has recorded greater than 80 optimistic circumstances to date with the worldwide contaminated rely standing at over 1,30,000.
The dying toll due to the virus has gone past 5,000 internationally.