On Thursday, the Supreme Court declined to give an immediate hearing on an appeal to postpone the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in the midst of the coronavirus scare. A vacation panel of justices U U Lalit and Aniruddha Bose informed the complainant that on 16 March, when the supreme court would reopen after the Holi break, he should mention the matter for urgent listing before the regular bench.
“It is not a problem that could not wait until court reopening. On March 16, you can mention it before the regular court” the panel told prosecutor Mohan Babu Agarwal who lodged the petition.
Agarwal notified the bench that IPL 2020 is slated to start from 29 March but no protective measures have been announced to prevent the spread of coronavirus throughout the matches, which are expected to be witnessed by over 40,000 people.
In the meantime, BCCI chairman Sourav Ganguly clarified that the IPL will be conducted as scheduled and also ensured everyone associated with the cash-rich league that the board will take all appropriate precautions both before and during the event.
Even as concerns against hosting IPL 2020 rose in the midst of coronavirus outbreak in India, the BCCI decided to pursue the upcoming3-match ODI series between India and South Africa on March 12.