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    • Saturday’s IPL Governing Council to take stock

Hyderabad: In what is possibly the first major step to contain spread of COVID-19 at major public gatherings, and one that could can potentially deliver a major jolt to the ensuing Season 13 of Indian Premier League (IPL), the Delhi Government on Friday declared that no sporting events, not even IPL, will be conducted in the national capital.

The order that has been issued by the government reads – ” In exercise of the powers conferred by the Delhi Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19, Regulations, 2020 under the Epidemic Diseases act, 1897, it is hereby directed that all sports gathering (including IPL)/conferences, seminars beyond 200 people are prohibited in NCT of Delhi for the purpose of prevention and control of the outbreak of Epidemic disease namely COVID-19.”

This comes after the nation recorded its first coronavirus death on Thursday when a 76-year-old man succumbed to the deadly virus

Delhi government’s decision will directly impact the ongoing India and South Africa ODI series, although the second and third matches are slated to be hosted in Lucknow and Kolkata, which are supposedly to be played without spectators.

All eyes will now be on the IPL Governing Council, which meets on Saturday. The IPL opener at Wankhede Stadium pits Mumbai Indians against Chennai Super Kings on March 29.

Anurag Mallick

A sports enthusiast, Anurag Mallick is currently working with Newsmeter as a reporter. He is a mass communication graduate from Loyola Academy. He is also a budding presenter and loves talking in front of the camera. His future aim is to discuss cricket professionally. He has earlier interned with a YouTube Channel, "Hind ki Pukaar" where he spoke on various topics infront of the camera. He has also interned with "WrytIn", a content writing platform, where he wrote articles on sports & entertainment. "Lights, Camera, Cricket" is what sums him up. He also loves playing cricket and other sports like Badminton & Volleyball.

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