The novel coronavirus is spreading all around the world like fire and crippling all walks of life across the world! As the most awaited IPL Premium League is going to commence from March 29th the tension is mounting for the smooth and healthy conduct of the sessions. Talking about the same, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has said the IPL is “on” and that the board is taking all necessary precautions for the smooth conduct of cricket’s most lucrative tournament, which begins on March 29. Some of the precautions that can be taken will be asking the players to avoid physical contact as far as possible including shaking hands with fans, considering the coronavirus is highly contagious.
“It’s on…and BCCI will take all protection (against coronavirus),” Ganguly told when asked how the board was dealing with the outbreak that is threatening to bring daily life to a standstill. IPL can be vulnerable Spectator sport is seen as particularly vulnerable, given it brings a large crowd together in a confined space. The IPL has an added complication, its global profile, with players, support staff and vast administrative and broadcast services being drawn from across the world.
Global medical experts have been anxious about how India, the world’s second-most populous nation, would respond to the outbreak. The official figures released by the Indian Ministry of Health so far has put the count of those infected closer to 30.
The outbreak of the deadly virus has already started affecting the sporting events. In Italy, which is one of the worst affected countries its government ordered all Series A matches to be played behind closed doors with no fans allowed at any football ground until April 3. The March 14 Six Nations rugby game between Italy and England, scheduled in Rome, has been postponed. It was the second game involving Italy to be postponed after the contest against Ireland in Dublin scheduled for Saturday. The Premier League in England is also talking to the clubs to have matches played behind closed doors as the UK government’s chief medical officer today said the country was moving from containment to delaying the spread of the coronavirus, which claimed its first victim on Thursday.
We can only pray that the deadly coronavirus doesn’t affect the well-being of players and audiences who are an integral part of IPL and there could be safe and smooth conduct of the matches.