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BCCI suspends IPL 2020 till April 15 over coronavirus concerns

The tournament was originally planned to kick-off on March 29

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend IPL 2020 till April 15, 2020, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Coronavirusirus (COVID-19) situation. The tournament was originally planned to kick-off on March 29

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The board said it is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience.

The BCCI will work closely with the Government of India along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and all other relevant Central and State Government departments in this regard.

A group of ministers on Wednesday decided that all existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/international organisations, employment and project visas, stand suspended till April 15.

The board on Thursday announced that the remaining two One-day Internationals (ODIs) of the three-match series of South Africa tour of India, 2020, will be played without any public gathering, including spectators. After this, the talks of conducting IPL behind closed doors were doing rounds.

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