New Delhi: The Delhi government's refusal to allow any IPL matches in the city owing to the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the BCCI's woes with the Board now looking for alternate venues in "willing" states to conduct a closed-door edition.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday said that the national capital will not have any sporting events for a month to contain the spread of the deadly infection that has sent the world into turmoil with close to 5,000 deaths so far.
The IPL is due to start on 29 March in Mumbai and Delhi's first game was to be on 30 March.
"All sports gatherings will be banned, including the IPL, in wake of the coronavirus threat," Sisodia said.
The BCCI responded by listing the alternate venues that could play host. Delhi is home to the Delhi Capital IPL franchise.
"Lucknow has been wanting to host IPL matches for a while now. If it's a closed door tournament, it really doesn't matter where it is played," a BCCI source told PTI.
Before Delhi, Karnataka has also expressed its unwillingness to host IPL matches, while Maharashtra have banned the sale of tickets.
After 1,209 fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours, India's COVID-19 toll climbed to 76,271 while, the recoveries crossed 35 lakh on Friday
The survey was conducted from 11 May to 4 June and covered 28,000 individuals whose blood samples were tested for IgG antibodies using COVID Kavach ELISA kit
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The Serum Institute of India (SII) on Saturday said, "Once DCGI (Drugs Controller General of India) gives us permission to restart the trials in India, we will resume the trials."