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IPL 2020 suspended indefinitely amid coronavirus pandemic

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League indefinitely due to coronavirus. Although a new date for the tournament has not been set yet, IPL was originally supposed to be held between March 29 and May 24.

According to reports, the tournament’s chief operating officer Hemang Amin informed the decision to the eight franchises on Wednesday morning. The teams have been told that due to the lockdown extension till May 3, the possibility of having the tournament in the summer window is nil.

This comes after BCCI’s top hierarchy met over a conference call on Tuesday evening reportedly, with president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah among those involved.

Last month, when the government initially announced a three-week lockdown, IPL was pushed to April 15, but now the extension does not create any feasible options for the tournament.

India has currently seen over 11,439 positive cases with more than 377 deaths, which has made it impossible for the government to lift restrictions.

Ahmedabad reports 31 COVID-19 cases in past 12-hours, Gujarat’s tally touches 695, death toll rises to 30