BCCI, in a statement, discussed about its decision to suspend the upcoming Indian Premier League to April 15 as a 'precautionary measure' against the global pandemic Covid-19.
While the original start date was March 29, a suspension was in the cards since the deadly coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 4,700 people around the world. Although the number of casualties in India (73 including 1 death) is comparatively lesser than of the world, suspending the tournament was in nation's best interest.
All the franchises agreed to BCCI's statement tweeting that the health and safety of players is of utmost importance.
Even netizens had their say on this decision. "Finally, common sense prevails," a user tweeted.
Here are some more reactions from others:
With over 1,28,000 affected, 4,720 have died to the outbreak. It has led to many cities being under lock down with its occupants quarantined.
Sporting events all over the world are postponed or cancelled with some being held behind closed doors to avoid mass gathering and spread of the virus.
NBA, Premier League, La Liga, Champions League and Bahrain Grand Prix are some of the events which have been suspended, cancelled or are being held without fans due to the outbreak.
Meanwhile, India has reported 73 positive cases including one death in the outbreak.