IPL 2020: BCCI to take steps against Coronavirus, IPL on schedule says Ganguly
As the Coronavirus scare gripped India with number of positive cases shooting up to 31 from 6 in a week, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly made it clear that the upcoming edition of IPL will go ahead as scheduled.
Slated to start on March 29, IPL happens to be one of the high-profile cricket events in the world, and to ensure smooth conduct of the tournament BCCI is taking all kinds protection against Coronavirus.
"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 asserted.
"County teams are travelling all over the world. They are travelling to Abu Dhabi, UAE to play. So there is no problem," he added.
When asked about the precautionary measures to ensure that players and fans are not affected, Ganguly said a medical team is chalking out the specific guidelines and the instructions.
A senior BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo that he board would replicate the precautionary guidelines recommended by the government and send them to all the stakeholders which includes players, franchises, airlines, team hotels, broadcast crews and everyone else involved in the running of the tournament.
"The medical team is already in touch with the hospitals so that everything is available. We will do what the doctors say. But the tournament is on," Ganguly assured.
The coronavirus outbreak has severely impacted the global sporting schedules with several important events being cancelled or postponed.