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First Priority Is Safety: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Reacts To IPL Suspension

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

First Priority Is Safety: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Reacts To IPL Suspension
Sourav Ganguly | File Photo
First Priority Is Safety: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Reacts To IPL Suspension
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2020-03-13T20:50:22+05:30

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Friday said the "first priority is safety" after the Board suspended the start of this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) from March 29 to April 15 in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"Let's stick to the postponement (at the moment). The 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.

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

READ: List Of Sports Events Affected By Coronavirus Outbreak In India

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 the 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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