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Indian Premier League 2020 - T20 cricket competition suspended

  • 2020 IPL cricket tournament suspended until further notice
  • India's lockdown extended until 3 May
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The 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended until further notice. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made the announcement after India's lockdown was recently extended until 3 May.

The T20 cricket competition was scheduled to start on 29 March but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement on Thursday, the BCCI said all parties involved had agreed that the tournament "will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so".

"The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority," the BCCI said. No date has been proposed for when it could be played.

The Indian Premier League began in 2008 and features eight teams representing eight different cities in India. The competition is the most-attended cricket league in the world.

The 2009 IPL season was moved to South Africa because of security concerns. The 2014 edition was jointly held in the UAE when the schedule clashed with Indian general elections.

The current IPL title holders are the Mumbai Indians who won the 2019 season after a thrilling 1 run win against the Chennai Super Kings in the final. The other teams in the IPL include the Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The tournament grew rapidly in value between 2016-18 with the value of the competition growing from US$4.16 billion to $6.13 billion. 

As such, the IPL has been able to attract the biggest stars in cricket including Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes.
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