Safety of all stakeholders priority for IPL franchises and us: BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday held a meeting with the IPL team owners in order to address their concerns regarding the fate of the 2020 edition amid the growing coronavirus pandemic. Here is the full text of the media advisory released by BCCI after the meeting got over.
"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday met the Indian Premier League franchises owners at the Board headquarters here in Mumbai to discuss the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact on the upcoming season.
"The BCCI along with all the IPL franchises have reiterated BCCI’s stand of putting the safety and well-being of fans, athletes and employees as a priority. The board will continue to monitor and work closely with the Government of India, state governments and other state regulatory bodies to decide on the future course of action in the best interest of public health.
"The BCCI and all its stakeholders are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for everyone involved in our great sport and the nation."
India has banned visas till April 15 and it would be impossible for overseas stars to join the Indian Premier League. Earlier, according to reports, the franchises had said they were ready to play behind closed doors but not without their overseas players.
On Friday, IPL 2020 was postponed and the tournament could be played behind closed doors. Team owners have suggested that the T20 league be pushed back by a couple of weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak which has been declared a pandemic by the Wolrd Health Organisation.