Indian government has final say on IPL, says sports minister

Sports | REUTERS 25 May 2020

India's sports minister yesterday said any decision to allow the Indian Premier League to go ahead this year would be taken by the government, not the Indian cricket board, and would be based on how well the country has contained the novel coronavirus.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said the IPL would go ahead only if there was no risk to public health.

"The government has to take a call and it will be depending on the situation of the pandemic, how we progress as a nation," Rijiju said. "We can't put the health of the nation at risk just because we want sporting events to be held."

The Board of Control for Cricket in India, the richest cricket body in the world, had said it would consider staging the lucrative IPL in October/November if the T20 World Cup in Australia did not go ahead.

The IPL is worth almost US$530 million (HK$4.134 billion) to the BCCI.

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