The world’s richest cricket league the Indian Premier League has been postponed indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic officers have shown.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stated the Twenty20 competition, already driven lower back from its authentic start date of March 29, “will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so”.
“The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remain our top priority,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah added in a statement.
India’s government this week extended a three-week lockdown until as a minimum of May three.
Media reviews stated the BCCI can also aim for an event in September-October, ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia.
The pandemic has wreaked havoc on carrying tournaments, with the International Olympic Committee and
Japan’s ultimate month taking the historical selection to delay the Olympics by way of a yr.
Cricketers grew to become pundits, inclusive of England’s Kevin Pietersen,
had advised that the glitzy match be shortened from its common 8-week duration and performed at the back of closed doors.
The league which commenced in 2008 is a huge sales earner for the BCCI and is anticipated to generate more than $eleven billion a year for the Indian financial system.
The participation of the world’s pinnacle cricketers has attracted massive money. Chinese cellular smartphone maker Vivo had put up $US330 million to be the league’s top sponsor for 2018-2022.
Australian pace bowler Pat Cummins changed into to be the most highly-priced foreign places celebrity this yr,
with Kolkata Knight Riders in December agreeing a $US2.17 million fee for his services.
Leading overseas players had been pushing for the IPL to take area,
with Australia’s Steve Smith saying he was hoping the league might be held “at some level”.
Sri Lanka’s cricket board on Thursday presented to host the beneficial tournament in the island kingdom,
which says it has been much less impacted by way of the virus.
“We have the venues and the resources to hold the IPL in Sri Lanka,”
Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva told AFP about Postponed Indian Premier League.
Silva — who’s set to make a proper offer to his Indian counterpart — hopes the outbreak may be introduced below
control in Sri Lanka, that is currently beneath an indefinite curfew to fight the spread of the virus.
The coins-rich match became twice held outside India due to its dates clashing with parliamentary elections.
South Africa hosted the second one IPL edition in 2009, and the primary half of the 2014 season
passed off within the UAE.