The 2020 Indian Premier League is suspended ‘until further notice’

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Mumbai Indians won the 2019 IPL title with victory over Chennai Super Kings

The 2020 Indian Premier League has been suspended “until further notice”, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced.

The Twenty20 competition, originally due to start on 29 March, was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday,India’s lockdown was extended until 3 May.

“The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority,” the BCCI said.

Under the lockdown rules in India, only essential businesses, such as groceries and pharmacies, are allowed to remain open.

In a statement on Thursday, the BCCI said all parties involved had agreed that the tournament “will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so”.

No date has been suggested for when it could be held.

Eleven England players were due to take part in this year’s IPL, including World Cup winners Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler.

Stokes’ contract with Rajasthan Royals was worth about £1.4m, while

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