A day after India reported its first death due to the novel coronavirus, the country’s cricket authority suspended the Indian Premier League (IPL) until April 15, 2020, as a “precautionary measure.”

“The BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience,” the cricket board said in a statement.

The league’s matches, which regularly attract large crowds, are annually held across the country.

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