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No foreign player will be available for this year's IPL till April 15. Photo: HT
No foreign player will be available for this year's IPL till April 15. Photo: HT

Coronavirus impact: No IPL match in Delhi

  • Earlier, the Centre also urged the sports federations to decide wisely on holding IPL 2020
  • The BCCI will decide the future of IPL 2020 on Saturday amid the coronavirus outbreak

In the wake of coronavirus scare across the country, the Delhi government suspended all the matches of this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) in the national capital.

"We have decided to ban any sports activity where people will gather in huge numbers like IPL," Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said.

So far, India has recorded 75 cases of coronavirus infection, according to the Union Health Ministry. At present, there are eight cases of COVID-19 in the national capital.

Earlier, the Centre also urged the sports federations to decide wisely on holding IPL 2020. "Our advice would be to not do it at this time but if the organisers want to go ahead, it is their decision," Dammu Ravi, additional secretary, MEA and coordinator for COVID-19, said on Thursday.

The government suspended visas of all foreign nationals coming to the country from today till 15 April. So, no foreign player will be available for this year's IPL till that time, a top BCCI official told.

The BCCI will decide the future of IPL 2020 on Saturday amid the coronavirus outbreak. According to reports, the Indian cricket board invited all the franchises for a meeting. The 13th edition of IPL is scheduled to commence from March 29.

Maharashtra cabinet suggested that either the IPL should be postponed or it should be played behind closed doors, said state health minister Rajesh Tope

"The cabinet discussed the matter regarding IPL and we are of the view that big gatherings should be avoided. We have two options, IPL should be done without spectators or else matches should be postponed," Tope told reporters.

(With agency inputs)

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