IPL 2020 Suspended Until Further Notice
Major Sporting Events Have Been Postponed Across the World
Indian Premier League aka IPL 2020 suspended until further notice amid COVID-19 pandemic as the number of infection patient count is rapidly rising in the country. Until now, 12,759 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in India since February 2020, out of which 423 individuals have died. Only 4% of the total cases are suffering through serious and critical conditions for which they are admitted and isolated in Intensive Care Units until they are recovered or dead.
As the country’s economy is suffering and declining due to the increasing pressure regarding COVID-19 crisis, it has been decided by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) that IPL 2020 suspended until further notice which was previously scheduled to start from March 29 but was postponed till April 15 due to the country’s coronavirus situation. Now, IPL 2020 suspended until further notice and is likely to be initiated after the end of COVID-19 pandemic along with reopening of the country after the country-wide lockdown that has been initiated to prevent and limit further transmission of this contagious COVID-19 infection.
Indian Premier League 2020
The Indian Premier League is a professional T-20 cricket league in India, which is usually scheduled in the period of March till May of each year. This contest is played between eight different teams, which are represented by eight cities in India. The championship was founded by BCCI in 2008 and has been played every year since then. The teams include several Indian cricket players along with multiple overseas cricket players from around the world taking part in the Premier League. This year, IPL 2020 suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is affecting the whole world.
India has been under lockdown since March 2020, which initially was till April 15, but now it has been extended till May 3 due to the increasing number of infected COVID-19 patients across the country. The health and safety of the country is the top priority of the leaders due to which IPL 2020 suspended until further notice as huge gatherings of the audience inside the cricket stadium would disrupt the protocol of social distancing, which plays a key role in limit the spread of COVID-19 infection.
BCCI is monitoring and review the whole situation regarding a new due date of the initiation of the 13th annual IPL season, in close partnership with all its shareholders while taking guidance from the government of India and other regulatory bodies managing the country.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has IPL 2020 suspended until further notice. No new date has been given as it is being expected that the lockdown situation inside the country might extend further than May 3rd due to the rapid spread of the virus across India. Due to the shutdown of all businesses and the airline industry, it is directly influencing the sports industry as well. When life all over the world has come to a standstill, the future of sports does not look bright at this situation.
The COVID-19 has brought the whole world to a standstill position as 2,115,624 people have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 infection until now across the globe, and the number of cases is still rapidly escalating even after the five months of spread. Due to the infection, 527,471 individuals have yet fully recovered back to their optimum health level after being infected by the virus.
The whole sporting world has come to a stop as Wimbledon championship, along with the Olympic Games, which was scheduled to be conducted in Tokyo this year, has been postponed to be rescheduled in 2021 to help limit the possibility of an increase in COVID-19 patients. Some of the major sporting events watched across the world, including Euro 2020, Europa League, Champions League, NBA season, French Open 2020, and Formula One, along with IPL 2020 suspended until further notice amid COVID-19 pandemic for the health safety of players and live audiences.