On 14th April PM, Narendra Modi had announced that India will remain under stringent lockdown until 3rd May to control the COVID-19 cases. Followed by the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the extension of the lockdown as a precautionary measure to control the spread of COVID-19, it’s obvious that the upcoming edition of the IPL league is likely to be postponed further till the situation gets under control.
The BCCI confirmed the news of the IPL 2020 getting postponed a few hours after the Prime Minister’s announcement. “Since the lockdown has been extended till 3rd May, we have to postpone IPL for the time being, the decision about commencing the IPL is intimated and we will discuss the matter later today”, sources within the BCCI told leading media portal.
Earlier on 14th April, PM Narendra Modi had announced that India will remain under stringent lockdown till 3rd May to control and combat COVID-19 cases. The country was in a 21-day lockdown which was going to end today’s as per the announcement. “Till 20th April, all districts, localities, states will be monitored closely as to how strictly they are implementing and following the lockdown norms. States which will not let hotspots increase, they could be allowed to set some important activities resume, but with certain conditions “, Modi informed the nation through Television address.
The IPL 2020 was scheduled to begin from March 29, but the tournament had to be postponed until April 15th due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. When the BCCI had announced the postponement of IPL, the Central Government had also suspended all visas to India till April 15th as part of measures to control the spread of Pandemic.
India has reported 10,363 positive COVID-19 cases so far. Out of the total, 8988 are active cases, 1036 have been cured and 339 people have died due to the deadly virus.