Start Of IPL Postponed Until April 15 Due To Coronavirus Pandemic
The start of the Indian [/sport/premierleague/index.html Premier League], the world's most lucrative cricket competition, has been postponed from March 29 until April 15 due to the [/news/coronavirus/index.html coronavirus] pandemic.
Sports events worldwide have been upended by the deadly virus, including the Premier League, this weekend's Formula One Australian Grand Prix as well as PGA Tour golf and [/sport/nba/index.html NBA] basketball.
'The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to suspend IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation,' the BCCI said in a statement.
The start of the Indian Premier League has been postponed from March 29 until April 15
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The two-month Twenty20 competition is estimated to generate more than $11billion (£8.7bn) for the Indian economy and involves cricket's top international stars like England's Ben Stokes, Australia's David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli.
Chinese mobile-maker Vivo paid $330million (£261m) to be the top sponsor for 2018-2022 for the league.
It involves eight franchises playing 60 matches to packed, raucous stadiums of tens of thousands of spectators - plus cheerleaders - all around India.
India has so far reported relatively few virus cases, http://kb.salon-chicago.ru/Sample_Article but a jump to more than 70 in recent days and the first confirmed death have prompted authorities to discourage public events.
The decision was announced by the BCCI - for whom Sourav Ganguly is president - on Friday