Health comes first, said the BCCI as cricket came to a grinding halt at its ‘spiritual home’ India. War on COVID-19 pandemic has caused the suspension of all sporting activity for at least the next fortnight.
The world’s most powerful and cash-rich cricket board on Saturday went into a huddle with the eight franchise owners of its most glitzy event, which has been postponed from March 29 to April 15. It later suspended the remainder of the domestic season until further notice. This came a day after the Board called off an ongoing ODI series against South Africa.
“We met with the owners, to tell them how it can happen and where do we stand at the moment. At the moment, it is just postponed. We will assess the situation,” Ganguly said, adding that as and when the IPL happens, it would be truncated.
“As much as we want to host the IPL, we also need to be careful about the security,” said Ganguly. At least five optional venues are being kept ready after state governments of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi refused permission for the games.
While the national football federation suspended all action till March 31 at least, the India Open badminton stood cancelled after the world body’s decision to postpone every event till April 12.
Hockey’s world governing body stopped the ongoing Pro League, also featuring India, till April 15.
Prominent domestic cricket tournaments that were postponed are the Irani Cup, Vizzy Trophy, Senior Women’s One-Day Knockout, and the Senior Women’s One-Day Challenger, among others.
The junior women’s tournaments put on hold until further notice include the Under-19 One-Day knockout, Under-19 T20 League, Super League, and knockout, Under-19 T20 Challenger Trophy, Under-23 knockout, and Under-23 One-Day Challenger.