Everest Premier League delayed due to coronavirus threat: Nepal’s T20 league has become the first cricket tournament to get affected by coronavirus.
The outbreak of coronavirus has started to make its presence felt across the globe. People are now getting affected due to the same in all corners of the world.
The same has started to have an impact on upcoming events varying across fields including sports. Citing the possible threat of coronavirus, England captain Joe Root had laid emphasis on not shaking hands during their tour of Sri Lanka.
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Everest Premier League delayed due to coronavirus threat
An unfortunate development regarding the coronavirus has come from Nepal whose premier T20 competition in the Everest Premier League has been postponed following a government directive to refrain from mass gatherings.
“We are naturally all sad at today’s announcement of having to temporarily postpone the 2020 EPL, but we simply have to put the health and well-being of all Nepalis and our overseas players before everything else.
“It was crucial that we announced this decision now at the earliest possible juncture to ensure the minimum possible disruption to all of our stakeholders, who are integral parts of the ongoing success and growth of the league,” EPL Managing Director Aamir Akhtar said in a statement.
Originally commenced in 2016, Everest Premier League was all set to enter its fourth edition in 2020. The tournament was earlier bolstered by Universe Boss Chris Gayle announcing his participation in EPL 2020 for Pokhara Rhinos.
Apart from Gayle, EPL 2020 would have witnessed the presence of sensational Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and Afghanistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad.
While the organisers haven’t mentioned the exact date by when the tournament will begin, they did talk about working towards rescheduling the tournament on “the closest possible time whenever the situation is favourable”.