Kiren Rijiju says Indian government to decide IPL fate, not cricket

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed due to the corona event, however, fans and the cricket board hope the cash-rich event could take place during the October / November window.

However, Indian Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Sunday that any decision on the IPL to be made this year would be made by the government and not by the Indian Cricket Council. He said he would rely on how well the country contained the corona novel.

Kiren Rijiju said, "In India, the government needs to call and it will depend on the state of the pandemic, how we will move forward as a nation," Rijiju said. India Today TV channel.

"We cannot endanger the health of the nation just because we want sports events to take place. Our focus is on fighting COVID-19."

As for BCCI, he said he would consider holding a lucrative IPL if the T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place in Australia in October / November, did not go ahead.

IPL is worth about $ 530 million for BCCI and attracts the best international and Indian cricketers. It was scheduled to start on March 29, but was postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic.

As for India, the battle with the COVID-19 crisis continues as the country has reported 131,868 infections with 3,867 deaths.