Coronavirus pandemic: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly says 'first priority is safety' after postponement of IPL 2020
Mumbai: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Friday said the "first priority is safety" after the Board suspended the start of this year's IPL from 29 March to 15 April in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Let's stick to the postponement (at the moment). First priority is safety, so we postponed the games," Ganguly said in his first reaction.
"We will see what happens. It is too early to answer," said Ganguly when asked if there will be more double headers if they are able to host it from 15 April.
The BCCI also called off the ongoing ODI series against South Africa.
Asked whether the IPL franchises are happy, Ganguly said, "Nobody has a choice."
A senior BCCI official said that only the start date has been pushed while the window remains the same with regard to the IPL.
The decision to suspend IPL came hours after Delhi government suspended all sporting activity in the national capital due to the ever-growing health crisis. Delhi is home to the Delhi Capitals IPL franchise.
The Sports Ministry had on Thursday issued an advisory asking national federations to follow the Health Ministry's guidelines and avoid large gatherings in sports events.
India have recorded more than 80 positive cases so far with the global infected count standing at over 1,30,000.
The death toll because of the virus has gone beyond 5,000 internationally.
Updated Date: Mar 13, 2020 21:15:42 IST
Tags : BCCI, Board Of Control For Cricket In India, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID, COVID-19, COVID-19 Cases, COVID-19 Pandemic, Cricket, Indian Premier League, Indian Premier League 2020, IPL, IPL 2020, Sourav Ganguly, Sports
Spit attacks seen in India, after Italy, Australia, UK report similar instances
Doctor’s Day 2020: Let's celebrate the heroes who made 152,314 recoveries possible so far
No community transmission of COVID-19 yet. Here's what stage 3 would mean for India
25,000 coronavirus deaths globally: Here's how the most vulnerable can stay safe
Why the Hantavirus is the least of your worries right now
What can we learn from the global response to the coronavirus pandemic?
Man dies from hantavirus in China: All you need to know about the virus, and how it spreads
Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: WHO warns against using 'untested drugs' to fight COVID-19; Gujarat, Puducherry announce lockdown
Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: NPR to be deferred amid COVID-19 lockdown, say reports; positive cases rise to 536 in India
Coronavirus Outbreak Highlights: Telangana govt to cut salaries of employees due to COVID-19 crisis; fees of CM, state cabinet, MLAs to be reduced by 75%
Coronavirus outbreak Updates: Italy records highest COVID-19 toll in one day with 627 deaths; 'you are not invincible', WHO tells youth
Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Andhra Pradesh reports sixth positive case; Jharkhand announces lockdown with immediate effect