First priority is safety, says Sourav Ganguly after IPL’s suspension

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MUMBAI: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Friday said the "first priority is safety" after the Board suspended the start of this year's IPL from March 29 to April 15 in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Let's stick to the postponement (at the moment). First priority is safety, so we postponed the games," Ganguly said in…

MUMBAI: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Friday said the “first priority is safety” after the Board suspended the start of this year’s IPL from March 29 to April 15 in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Let’s stick to the postponement (at the moment). First priority is safety, so we postponed the games,” Ganguly said in his first reaction.

“We will see what happens. It is too early to answer,” said Ganguly when asked if there will be more double headers if they are able to host it from April 15.

It’s official: IPL 2020 postponed to April 15 due to coronavirus

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League will not begin on March 29 as per the existing schedule. The tournament is being postponed to April 15th. The office-bearers of the BCCI, led by president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah, met at the board’s headquarters in Mumbai on Friday to take the call.

The BCCI also called off the ongoing ODI series against South Africa.

Asked whether the IPL franchises are happy, Ganguly said, “Nobody has a choice.”

A senior BCCI official said that only the start date has been pushed while the window remains the same with regard to the IPL.


The decision to suspend IPL came hours after Delhi government suspended all sporting activity in the national capital due to the ever-growing health crisis. Delhi is home to the Delhi Capitals IPL franchise.


The sports ministry had on Thursday issued an advisory asking national federations to follow the Health Ministry‘s guidelines and avoid large gatherings in sports events.


India has recorded more than 80 positive cases so far with the global infected count standing at over 1,30,000.


The death toll because of the virus has gone beyond 5,000 internationally.


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