The media will not be allowed to cover the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) from the places due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but if the situation improves, the restriction will be lifted, BCCI announced on Thursday.
The popular T20 league is no longer available to fans and will be held behind closed doors. Earlier, PTI announced that the media will not have the right to cover local matches.
“Due to health and safety concerns, media staff will not have access to the stadium to cover the team’s games or training,” the BCCI said in a statement.
“If the health and safety conditions are more favorable later in the season, the media may be allowed access to the stadiums to cover the tournament. Such an announcement will be made in time,” the BCCI said in a statement.
BCCI will facilitate post-match virtual press conferences to the media after each match.
The IPL kicked off on Friday with an appetizing clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.