The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to officially suspend the Indian Premier League (IPL) without specifying any date of commencement of the glitzy competition. The league had earlier been delayed to April 15 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic but it has now experienced another delay with the Indian government extending the lockdown.
"The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remain our top priority and as such, the BCCI along with the franchise owners, broadcaster, sponsors and all the stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so," the BCCI said in its statement.
The decision follows a meeting among the BCCI's top brass over a conference call where franchise owners were informed about the challenges involved in continuing with the league at this stage. Travel restrictions and health concerns have forced the organizers to opt for this route.