The coronavirus epidemic has rocked the entire world with sporting events being called off. Amidst all of these, many health experts are wondering about the future of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) commencing from March 29. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the tournament will go as per the schedule with precautionary measures at place.
With the cash-rich league being a global event and many international cricketers touring the country, safety becomes a primary concern for the organisers. The turnout in the stands is also huge with fans keen to cheer up their teams from the gallery. As a result of this massive turn-ups, the threat of the virus spreading from one fan to another and potentially to even players can’t be ruled out.
Amidst all the dilemma and confusions, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed the tournament will go on as per the schedule. He also revealed that they will take precautionary measures so that the virus doesn’t spread from one person to another.
“It’s on…and BCCI will take all protection (against coronavirus),” Ganguly told ESPNcricinfo when asked how the board was dealing with the outbreak that is threatening to bring; daily life to a standstill.
Meanwhile, India have also been hit by the coronavirus scare with as many as 30 cases registered in the hospital across the country. Various organisations are adopting various measures to prevent it from spreading.
“As of 5 March, a total of 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported as following: in Jaipur 17 cases, Delhi and NCR three cases, Agra six cases, Telangana one case and Kerala three cases,” according to WHO.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians will lock horns with MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in the tournament opener on March 29.