Due to visa restrictions imposed by the government to contain the novel coronavirus threat, no foreign player will be available for this year's IPL 2020 till April 15.
“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 of India has issued a fresh advisory with a ban on all existing foreign visas, except a few categories like diplomatic and employment, till April 15. So far, India has reported over 60 positive cases in the outbreak which has led to over 4,000 deaths globally.
Governing Council have scheduled a meeting in Mumbai on March 14 to discuss the fate of the IPL 2020. “All decisions will be taken by the GC in Mumbai,” added BCCI source.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, starting on March 29, can be played in empty stadiums.