- Title: India postpones IPL start, suspends domestic cricket over coronavirus outbreak
- Date: 14th March 2020
- Summary: MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA (MARCH 14, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** BOARD OF CONTROL FOR CRICKET (BCCI) IN INDIA BUILDING/EXTERIOR OF BCCI SIGNBOARD READING (English): "CRICKET CENTRE" PRESIDENT OF BOARD OF CONTROL FOR CRICKET IN INDIA, SOURAV GANGULY WALKING TOWARDS ELEVATOR AND GOING INSIDE INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE CRICKET TEAM, MUMBAI INDIANS CO-OWNER AKASH AMBANI (WEARING WHITE SHIRT AND GREY TROUSERS), INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE CRICKET TEAM DELHI CAPITALS CO-OWNER, PARTH JINDAL (WEARING BLUE CHECK SHIRT) ARRIVING FOR MEETING ALONG WITH OTHERS BOLLYWOOD ACTOR AND CO-OWNER OF INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE CRICKET TEAM , KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS, SHAH RUKH KHAN (WEARING BLACK T-SHIRT) WALKING AND ENTERING ELEVATOR GANGULY TALKING TO OFFICIAL (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi and English) PRESIDENT OF BOARD OF CONTROL FOR CRICKET IN INDIA, SOURAV GANGULY, SAYING: "Safety is of utmost importance in the prevailing situation. South African team also returned. IPL (Indian Premier League) has been postponed. We will monitor the situation further as to what happens but as per the prevailing situation, safety is most important of the players and in the current situation, with what's going around in the world and in India, with the government directives, this is all we can do .We've even postponed the remaining domestic matches." DHARAMSALA, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA (FILE - MARCH 11, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) SOUTH AFRICAN CRICKETERS HOLDING CRICKET KIT WALKING SOUTH AFRICAN CRICKETERS ARRIVING FOR PRACTICE SESSION AS OTHERS STRETCH SOUTH AFRICAN CRICKET TEAM CAPTAIN, QUINTON DE KOCK AND OTHER CRICKET STRETCHING DE KOCK WALKING AWAY INDIAN CRICKETERS WARMING UP MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA (MARCH 14, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF BOARD OF CONTROL FOR CRICKET IN INDIA, SOURAV GANGULY, SAYING: "It's April 15th in any case 15 days are gone so it has to be a truncated one. How muchâ€¦ how truncated, how many games I can't say at the moment." CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (FILE - MARCH 26, 2018) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE CRICKET TEAM, CHENNAI SUPER KINGS, MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI WALKING DHONI TRAINING IN NETS PLAYERS TRAINING IN NETS NEW DELHI, INDIA (FILE - MARCH 29, 2018) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY TROPHY READING (English): "INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE" TROPHY
- Keywords: Board of Control for Cricket in India India Indian Premier League Sourav Ganguly coronavirus cricket disease health meeting sports
- Reuters ID: LVA001C50WF2N
- Location: MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA/ DHARAMSALA, HIMACHAL PRADESH/CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU/ NEW DELHI, INDIA
- City: MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA/ DHARAMSALA, HIMACHAL PRADESH/CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU/ NEW DELHI, INDIA
- Country: India
- Duration: 00:02:39
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine,Sport
- Story Text: The start of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament has been postponed until April 15 as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus, Indian cricket board President, Sourav Ganguly said on Saturday (March 14).
The Board of Control for Cricket in India had confirmed on Friday (March 13) that India's home one-day international series against South Africa has been called off ahead of the second of three matches that was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday (March 15).
The 13th season of the eight-team IPL had been scheduled to start with a match between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on March 29.
The cash-rich IPL, featuring celebrity owners and top business houses, draws the world's top cricketers. As in previous years, the franchise-based competition was set to run for seven weeks with the final on May 17.
The IPL's brand value has soared over the years since its 2008 launch and grew to an estimated $6.8 billion in 2019, according to New York-based corporate finance advisory firm Duff & Phelps.
More than 134,500 people have been infected globally and more than 5,000 have died because of the flu-like virus.
Sport events have been either cancelled or postponed globally in recent weeks.
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