India follows Pakistan to shorten IPL cricket season
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The world's richest cricket league was postponed Friday, meaning instead of starting on March 29, it will begin on April 15 at the earliest after the Indian government ordered measures against travel and public gatherings.
The Indian move came after the Pakistan Cricket Board last Friday had decided to reduce the duration of Pakistan Super League by four days and hold the matches in Lahore, including the final, without spectators.
"Safety is most important for the players and at the moment (with) what's going around in the world and India with the government directives this is all we can do. We have postponed remaining domestic matches," Ganguly told reporters.
"If it (IPL) is (postponed till) April 15, then, in any case, 15 days are gone, it has to be a truncated one. How truncated, how many games, I can't say at the moment."
While the country of 1.3 billion has reported just two deaths from coronavirus and more than 80 confirmed cases, all sporting activities have been suspended.
But postponing the cash-rich IPL, which draws the world's top players from Australia, England and South Africa, and generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues each year, has dominated Indian headlines.
"We met with the owners, to tell them how it can happen and where do we stand at the moment. At the moment, it is just postponed. We will assess the situation," said Ganguly.
"It will be re-assessed every week. I can't say at the moment (about any deadline). It has to be worked around. As much as we want to host the IPL, we also need to be careful about the security."
IPL is estimated to generate more than $11 billion for the Indian economy and involves cricket's top international stars including England's Ben Stokes, David Warner of Australia and Indian captain Virat Kohli. Chinese mobile-maker Vivo paid $330 million to be the league's top sponsor for 2018-2022.