New Delhi: The Delhi government today (March 13) said they will impose a ban on hosting of Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in the national capital.

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia told reporters on Friday that IPL 2020 matches will be banned in Delhi due to coronavirus threat. Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium is the venue for Delhi Capitals (DC) matches in IPL.

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“We have decided to ban any sports activity where people will gather in huge numbers like IPL,” Sisodia said.

Delhi’s AAP government is the first in the country to officially ban IPL before the scheduled start of the cash-rich Twenty20 league on March 29.

On the opening day, defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) are set to face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

IPL Governing Council (GC) will meet tomorrow (March 14) to decide on holding IPL 2020 matches. It is likely that IPL matches could be played in front of empty stadiums.

In the ongoing ODI series between India and South Africa, the second and third matches in Lucknow and Kolkata respectively, will be played in front of empty stadiums, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced.

The threat of coronavirus has impacted many sports events across the world.