Everyone was eagerly waiting for IPL 13th edition which was scheduled to start from 29th March 2020 but due to coronavirus pandemic, BCCI postponed the date to 15th April. But now it’s officially suspended just after PM Narendra Modi’s address to the nation when he announced the extension of the lockdown period till 3rd May.
The IPL was originally scheduled to begin from 29th March at the Wankhede Stadium, with the finalists of 12th edition or 2019 edition that was Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. But due to the nationwide lockdown, it was speculated to do IPL a closed-door event (means to be played in empty stadiums and telecasted on TV), and was supposed to start this from 15th April 2020.
“Due to the evolving world health concerns regarding Coronavirus Covid-19 and lockdown measures implemented by the Govt. of India to contain the spread of the disease, the IPL Governing Council of the BCCI has decided that the 13th edition of IPL 2020 Season will be suspended until further notice,” the BCCI said in a press release.
“The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority, the BCCI along with the Franchise Owners, Sponsors, Broadcasters and all the other Stakeholders acknowledge the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.” – statement given by BCCI
As we all know the covid19 pandemic has brought the world to a halt as more than 20 lakh people infected by the virus till date while more than 1 lakh people died globally. USA, Italy, and Spain are among the worst-hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic. As of 16th April, India has reached over 12,380 confirmed Covid-19 positive cases and more than 400 deaths.
The coronavirus outbreak has also brought the sports world to a halt and if we talk about the Olympic Games that were already scheduled to start from 24th July 2020 but now that have been postponed to 2021. The Euro 2020 also postponed until 2021 while the Champions League and Europa League finals also suspended, Formula One, French Open 2020, NBA season, Premier League and many sports tournaments or events like these, also been impacted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Most of the sports calendar around the globe has shut down for sometime due to the ongoing pandemic. Not even sports got halt but the whole world got halt in every sector including sports.