IPL Governing Council to Meet on March 14 Amid Corona Fear

Mumbai: Amid the growing concerns over the spread of Coronavirus outbreak in the country, the Indian Premier League governing council has decided to meet on Saturday to take stock of the current situation and the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league.

Notably, the 13th edition of IPL is scheduled to start on March 29 and the first match will be played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

On March 11, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the IPL should happen behind closed doors or the BCCI should postpone the tournament after the confirmation of 10 positive cases of Coronavirus in Maharashtra. He further added that the final decision will be taken in the Maharashtra Assembly today.

“In the current situation, it is not possible to schedule the IPL match in a packed stadium. We want it to happen in closed doors or postpone it later. The final decision will be taken in the assembly session tomorrow. We all are of the view that IPL should not take place at this time. It is very dangerous to conduct the IPL in this situation,” Tope told the newsmen.

On March 6, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has said that 2020 IPL is still very much ‘on’ with the country’s cricket board taking all the necessary precautions for the smooth conduct of the tournament.

“It’s on…and BCCI will take all protection,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Ganguly as saying. The former Indian cricketer’s response came when quizzed as to how the BCCI is dealing with Coronavirus outbreak that is threatening to bring daily life to a standstill.

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