NEW DELHI: India has banned all sports activities and events, including the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches due to coronavirus outbreak, Radio Pakistan reported.
The ban has been announced after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s government declared COVID-19 a pandemic and ordered the closure of all schools, colleges and cinema theaters.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 75 with one death so far.
Local Indian media reported that the IPL had been postponed until April 15 and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was mulling over holding it behind the closed doors in an attempt to have a safe cricketing experience for the fans and players alike. The final decision in this regard will be taken in a meeting on Saturday (tomorrow).
Earlier, the IPL was scheduled to begin on Mar 29.
On the other hand, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rescheduled the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 as the fear as well as number of coronavirus cases are rising in the country.
One of the playoffs has been cut, while the other playoff has been turned into semifanl. Whereas, the event final will be held on March 18 at Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Earlier, top two teams had to play playoff against each other on March 17. According to the fresh schedule, both the semifinals will be held on March 17 in Lahore.