As Coronavirus spreads havoc and hits many events , the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has refuted rumours that the IPL games, scheduled to begin on March 29, will be postponed on account of coronavirus.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed that IPL will not be postponed. He said the games are on schedule. BCCI said, “There’s still time for IPL. As of now, no decision has been taken. We are monitoring the situation; we will take all the precautions.”
Ganguly recently reiterated that “everything is on schedule” for the country’s most popular and rich sports tournament, which will have 56 matches across nine cities with the finals on 17th May.
Business Standard reported that given the colossal amounts of money at stake, concern is mounting over the impact of coronavirus. A top executive of one of the companies closely involved with the IPL said: “There will obviously be concern about the health impact when 30,000 to 40,000 fans are in one stadium for so many hours for the next seven weeks across the country. One way out is to follow what many other countries are doing in Europe and what people are planning to do in the US, that is, to have closed door matches with no ticket sales.”