Any decision to allow the Indian Premier League to go ahead this year would be taken by the government not the Indian cricket board, and would be based on how well the country has contained the novel coronavirus, said India’s Sports Minister, Kiren Rijiju.
Rijiju said the IPL would go about only if there was no risk to public health.
“In India the government has to take a call and it will be depending on the situation of the pandemic, how we progress as a nation. We can’t put the health of the nation at risk just because we want sporting events to be held. Our focus is fighting COVID-19.” Rijiju told the India Today television channel.
The richest cricket body in the world, The BCCI, said that, it would consider staging the lucrative IPL in October/November if the T20 world cup, which is scheduled to take place in Australia during those months, would not go ahead.
The IPL that attracts the best international and Indian cricketers, is worth almost $530 million to the BCCI.
It was scheduled to start at the end of March but was indefinitely postponed due to the pandemic.
As of now the government has taken charge as it has India has reported 131,868 from the new coronavirus with 3,867 deaths.