Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday (April 16) suspended the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) till “further notice” due to the ongoing lockdown in the country over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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“Due to the evolving global health concerns regarding COVID-19 and lockdown measures implemented by the Government of India to contain the spread of the pandemic, the IPL Governing Council of the BCCI has decided that the IPL 2020 Season will be suspended till further notice,” BCCI said in a media advisory on Thursday.
 

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It added, “The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains 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.

“BCCI will continue to monitor and review the situation regarding a potential start date in close partnership with all of its stakeholders and will continue to take guidance from the Government of India, State Governments and other State Regulatory bodies.”

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IPL 2020 was scheduled to start on March 29. However it was deferred till April 15. With the lockdown extended in India, BCCI had no other choice than to further suspend the cash-rich Twenty20 league.