A number of sporting events has been deferred over the past month due to coronavirus fear. More than 90,000 cases of the pathogen have been reported in 87 countries, with the epidemic claiming more than 3,000 lives.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is due to commence on 29th March and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has stated ‘all measures’ are being taken to ensure the tournament goes ahead and players will not be at risk.
‘The IPL is very much on. Everywhere, tournaments are going on,’ Ganguly told PTI.
‘England are already in Sri Lanka. South Africa are here. There are no issues.
‘County teams are travelling all over the world. They are travelling to Abu Dhabi, UAE to play. So there is no problem.
‘We will take all precautions. I don’t know exactly what the extra measures are. It’s only medical team which will tell us about that.
‘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.’
In an attempt to avert the spread of illness, England’s Test team will not shake hands during their tour of Sri-Lanka, using fist bumps as a greeting instead.
The players have also been provided with immunity pack and advice from their medical team after more than half of the squad members suffered from gastroenteritis during the recent tour of South Africa.