No foreign player can take part in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) till April 15 due to visa restrictions imposed by the government to contain the novel coronavirus threat, news agency PTI quoted a BCCI source on Thursday.
“The foreign players who play in the IPL come under the Business Visa category. As per the government’s directive, they can’t come till April 15,” a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
The government has issued a fresh advisory with ban on all existing foreign visas, except a few categories like diplomatic and employment, till April 15 in the wake of new positive cases of coronavirus in India.
More than 70 people have tested positive of coronavirus in India while the global death toll has surpassed 4,000 people with more than 100,000 people infected globally.
Whether India will go ahead with hosting the IPL this year will be decided on March 14 at the event’s Governing Council meeting in Mumbai.
“All decisions will be taken by the GC in Mumbai,” the BCCI source said.
Having the IPL, which starts on March 29, played in empty stadiums is an option being explored.
Coronavirus outbreak has also affected other sporting events in the country with the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) deciding to put on hold all national and state championships till April 15.
“In lieu of the following, PCI has decided to put on hold all events that involve mass gatherings and travel of attendees. Hence, all the PCI affiliated bodies are directed to put on hold all national and state championships, with immediate effect,” said PCI in a statement on Wednesday.
“Since the Government of India Advisory is valid till April 15, 2020, PCI shall also review the situation after that and take appropriate decisions,” it added.