The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to start as scheduled even as the threat of coronavirus keeps increasing with each passing day in the country.
Sourav Ganguly with Brijesh Patel during the IPL 2020 auctions (Courtesy by BCCI)
- Nothing in India. Not even discussed it (Coronavirus): BCCI President Sourav Ganguly
- The deadly disease has killed over 3,100 people and infected over 90,000 globally
- A few cases of the virus infection have also been reported in India
IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel on Tuesday ruled out any threat to the upcoming cash-rich T20 league due to the novel coronavirus outbreak as of now but said the authorities are keeping a tab on the situation.
The IPL begins with a clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on March 29 while the final will take place on 24 May.
Asked whether there is any threat to IPL due to coronavirus, Patel said, “There is no threat as of now and we are keeping a tab (on the situation).”
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly too ruled out any threat to the IPL or the South Africa series, beginning with the first ODI on March 12 at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.
“Nothing in India. Not even discussed it (Coronavirus)'” said Ganguly.
Another senior BCCI official said that the South African team was coming as per the schedule for the three-match ODI series.
The deadly disease, which has killed over 3,100 people and infected over 90,000 globally, has wreaked havoc on the international calendar of various sporting events across the globe and has even put the upcoming Tokyo Olympics under doubt.
A few cases of the virus infection have also been reported in India.