IPL postponed indefinitely following COVID-19 pandemic

Former Indian cricketer and current BCCI (Board Of Control for Cricket in India) president, Sourav Ganguly reacts after a press conference at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, India, Oct. 23, 2019.
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This year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed indefinitely following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally scheduled to start on March 29, the eight-team league was initially suspended until last week even as India entered a three-week lockdown last month.

After the lockdown was extended until at least May 3, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials held a teleconference before informing the franchise about further delay.

BCCI is yet to make an official announcement on the postponement.

BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly had earlier acknowledged the difficulty in hosting the tournament amid the lockdown with travel and other restrictions due to the global health crisis.

The uncertainty around this year’s edition of the IPL is a big setback, particularly for the 62 cricketers bought for a collective US$18.34 million at the players auction last December.

A number of key West Indies players are among the 62 cricketers who were bought in the auction.

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