No foreign players will be available for this year’s Indian Premier League before April 15, due to a visa ban imposed by the Indian government to curb the menace of novel coronovirus, a BCCI top source told PTI on Thursday, Doubts were expressed on the fate of the event.

Foreign players playing in the IPL fall in the business visa category. For this reason, as per the instructions of the Indian government, they cannot come till 15 April, ”a BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.

The Indian government has issued new advisors with a ban on all existing foreign visas, except for categories such as diplomatic and employment, until 15 April in view of new positive cases of novel coronaviruses in the country.

There have been 72 positive cases of outbreaks in India, causing over 4,000 deaths globally. The fate of the IPL will be decided at the Governing Council meeting to be held in Mumbai on 14 March.

Meanwhile, the BCCI will wait for the next few days to decide its next course of action, as the Indian government renews the view of banning all existing foreign visas, as well as some categories like diplomatic and employment, till April 15. Advisory is released from New positive cases of novel coronaviruses in the country.

“Please give us two days”. A senior BCCI official said that at present it is not possible to give you concrete details.

There have been 72 positive cases of outbreaks in India, causing over 4,000 deaths globally.

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