Indian Premier League start to be delayed

The start of the Indian Premier League, considered to be a leading tournament for Twenty20 cricket, has been delayed from March 29 to April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The statement by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) came hours after authorities in Delhi announced that they will not allow any sporting activity in the national capital due to the health crisis.

"The BCCI has decided to suspend IPL 2020 till 15 April 2020, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (Covid-10) situation," the board said in a statement.

The BCCI said it was "taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience," it added.