On Thursday, former Indian Premier League (IPL), Rajeev Shukla expressed that it is almost impossible to conduct the 13th edition of the IPL even after April 15. Citing the prevailing situation in the country amid coronavirus pandemic predicted the same. The IPL 2020 has currently been suspended till April 15 in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
As per the quotes in ANI, Shukla said, “I don’t see any preparation, our priority is to fight coronavirus and save people. See it will all depend on the government what decision they will take. We will go by the government decision. We are hearing that lockdown may extend in this situation if you think IPL can happen by April 15 so it seems not possible.
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When asked about whether foreign players will participate in the IPL, Shukla said that the current suggests that there is no chance of any overseas player will play as there are certain travel restrictions for the foreigners in the country. The Central government on March 11 suspended all visas to India till April 15 as part of the measures to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.
With 591 fresh COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, India’s total count of coronavirus positive cases on Thursday climbed the 6000-mark, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
Among the total cases include 5709 active cases, 504 cured, discharged, and migrated cases and almost 200 deaths. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), one lakh thirty thousand samples have been tested for the coronavirus so far.
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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all the sporting activities around a world have been put on a halt. Most of the tournaments are either postponed or stand canceled.