Delhi Govt Bans IPL Matches, BCCI Looking for Alternate Venues
No IPL matches will be played in Delhi, Depty CM Manish Sisodia has announced.
The future of the IPL 2020 may still be uncertain but the Delhi Government has declared that at least the Capital city will not be hosting any matches this season.
This has added to the BCCI's woes with the Board now looking for alternate venues in "willing" states to conduct a closed-door edition.
At a press conference in the capital, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “We have decided to ban any sports activity where people will gather in huge numbers like IPL. Social distancing is important to curb the breakout of Coronavirus.”
Delhi is home to IPL franchise Delhi Capitals who are scheduled to play their first match of the season on 30 March against Kings XI Punjab, at home.
The BCCI responded by listing the alternate venues that could play host. Delhi is home to the Delhi Capital IPL franchise.
"Lucknow has been wanting to host IPL matches for a while now. If it's a closed door tournament, it really doesn't matter where it is played," a BCCI source told PTI.
Before Delhi, Karnataka has also expressed its unwillingness to host IPL matches, while Maharashtra have banned the sale of tickets.
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