The Indian Premier League 2020 on Thursday was officially suspended until further notice due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has caused the government to extend the India lockdown till May 3. The news was made official by the Indian Premier League (IPL) on its official Twitter handle.
Recently, a report had emerged that the IPL was 'indefinitely suspended' after the government decided to extend the lockdown. The BCCI decided to indefinitely suspend the IPL 2020 after holding a video conference with all the franchises on Tuesday. The report mentioned that the meeting was attended by the BCCI's top officials including Sourav Ganguly (President), Jay Shah (Secretary), Brijesh Patel (IPL chairman), Arun Dhumal (BCCI Treasurer) and Hemang Amin (IPL COO). The IPL tournament was earlier scheduled to start on March 29 only to be postponed till April 15 due to coronavirus.
The Indian Premier League released a statement which said that the BCCI along with the franchise owners, broadcasters, sponsors and all the stakeholders have agreed to start the IPL 2020 season only when it is safe and appropriate to do so. The release further said that BCCI will continue to monitor and review the situation for a potential start date in close partnership with all of its stakeholders as well as continue to take guidance from the Indian government.
See you soon in place of Asia Cup or T20 World Cup.— Baazigar 🗨️ (@farziBaazigar) April 16, 2020
Suspend hua hai, cancel nahi. Is saal hokar rahega— Prithvi (@The_BeardMan_) April 16, 2020
Should be cancelled— sunny dasgupta (@rvp_sunny) April 16, 2020
Better to cancel Asia cup and keep IPL— The Unknown Anonymous (@pavanpuli1234) April 16, 2020
Earlier, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly broke his silence over IPL 2020 postponed news and said that the board officials were monitoring all the developments but had insisted that as of now, nothing can be said. The IPL 2020 was scheduled to start on March 29, but the tournament was shifted for April 15. The Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI took the call in keeping public safety in mind.