Nagpur: As the highly contagious coronavirus epidemic has reached India, the Maharashtra government has declared that it might consider postponing the forthcoming event of this year's Indian Premier League cricket tournament. Rajesh Tope, the Health Minister of Maharashtra State mentioned this on 7th March 2020.
There is always a possible danger of spread (of contagious diseases) when large numbers of people gather in one place... Such (IPL) events can always be organised later," Tope communicated to the media.
He also revealed that the talks about postponing the event are recently on in the official circles. An official announcement will be made shortly as soon as a firm decision is reached.
As of now, the much-awaited 13th edition of the IPL is scheduled to take place from 29 March 2020 and will continue till 24 May 2020. It shall contain over 4 dozen matches which will take place within the given time period around various locations in the country.
The statements made by Tope took the internet by a storm as the BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly had already announced that there will be no change in the IPL schedule only a few days prior to this.
Ganguly had stated, "We will take all precautions. I don't know exactly what are these, it's only the medical team which will tell us about that. The medical team is already in touch with the hospitals so that everything is available." He had also mentioned that the organisers will go by the doctor's advice through the event.