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IPL to be staged in front of empty stands
IPL 2020

IPL to be staged in front of empty stands

The upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in the absence of spectators in response to the fears surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. This decision has been taken due to the government advisories imposing a ban on public gatherings that could put the lives of people at risk.

"We have asked all the NSFs, including the BCCI, to follow the Health Ministry's latest advisory, which says public gatherings should be avoided in all events, including sporting activities," Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya said.

The cash-rich T20 tournament was scheduled to commence on March 29 but the date has been moved to April 15 to ensure the arrival of foreign players. Doubts still remain over the feasibility of hosting the entire competition since some state governments in India are not keen on conducting IPL matches.