IPL 2020: KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan speaks on IPL postponement, coronavirus
IPL 2020 has been postponed due to coronavirus threat. Now, all eight team owners have met in Mumbai. After the meeting, KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan spoke about the postponement and the way forward for IPL 2020
Mumbai: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) owner, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan today (March 14) spoke about the postponement of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) due to coronavirus fears.
In Mumbai, all the eight team's owners met and later IPL Governing Council (GC) meeting is scheduled. After attending the owners' meeting, Shah Rukh took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to express his views on the 13th edition of the IPL.
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Shah Rukh is hoping that the spread of coronavirus can subsides and IPL can be conducted. He, however, added that the safety of spectators was important.
He tweeted, "1/2 Wonderful to meet all the Franchise owners ‘off the field’ so to say. The meeting by @Bcci and @ipl was to reiterate what all of us feel...safety first of the spectators, players management & cities we play in. All directives of the health agencies & govt to be followed.. (sic)".
He another tweet, he said, "2/2. Hope the spread of the virus subsides & the show can go on. BCCI & team owners in consultation with the govt will keep a close watch & decide the way fwd in the health interest of ever1. Lovely 2 meet every1 & then sanitise ourselves repeatedly..@SGanguly99 @JayShah #BPatel (sic)".
On Friday (March 13), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to defer the IPL till April 15 due to concerns over coronavirus.
Earlier, the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament was to start on March 29 with defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) hosting Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Wankhede Stadium.
Also, the BCCI called off the India-South Africa ODI series. The opening game was washed out in Dharamsala but the remaining two contests in Lucknow and Kolkata were cancelled due to coronavirus fears.
Many sports events across the world have been postponed or cancelled as coronavirus spread is increasing across the world. So far, there have been more than 80 cases reported in India.