The recent spread of Coronavirus from China has hampered several sports activities around the world. While the Tokyo Olympics has already been announced for an indefinite postponed or the verge of getting cancelled, several points have been raised at the 2020 Indian Premier League season which is approaching soon later this month. Amongst all the queries raised, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has come forward to provide some vital statements about the IPL, and according to him, the blockbuster tournament will be organised as scheduled.
Recently, several sources lamented at BCCI for not giving any major update on the precautionary measure for India’s biggest cricket tournament, which will see a handful of foreign players joining their respective franchises, alongside ICC officials from abroad, and thousands of fans who will be flying in to witness the matches.
However, Ganguly has auusred that the tournament will proceed as planned, indicating on other major international tournaments around the world that are ongoing despite the virus outbreak.
“IPL is very much on. Everywhere, the tournaments are going on. England are already in Sri Lanka. South Africa are here. There are no issues,” Ganguly said in an interview with PTI.
The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is currently ongoing in Australia. Additionally, before IPL, India is hosting a 3 match ODI series against South Africa, and Ganguly indicated that as cricketing nations are conducting tours around the world, so there’s no chance of the tournament getting cancelled or postponed.
“County teams are travelling all over the world. They are travelling to Abu Dhabi, UAE to play. So there is no problem.”
Although, there are cases of positive Coronavirus patients already reported across the country. In case of an unfortunate contamination in a venue, Ganguly asserted that the organisers are on proper medical and hospital measures.
He continued: “The medical team is already in touch with the hospitals so that everything is available. We will do what the doctors say. They are the professionals.”
While the prez couldn’t provide exact info on the medical ground, he assured that proper safeguard will be undertaken during the tournament.
“We will take all precautions. I don’t know exactly what are the extra measures. It’s only medical team which will tell us about that,” Ganguly concluded.
The defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on Chennai Super Kings in the inaugural match on 29th march at Wankhede Stadium.