The IPL extravaganza begins with a clash between Defending Champions Mumbai Indians and Runner Ups Chennai Super Kings on 29 March at Wankhede Stadium Mumbai while final is taking place on 10 November.
On the other hand, CoronaVirus fear is spreading all over the world. Even in India deadly CoronaVirus has affected 28 individuals, and the greatest concern, besides quarantining the patients and ensuring the outbreak is kept in check, is about the upcoming Indian Premier League. After patients showed up in India, CoronaVirus in IPL 2020 has become a hot topic. Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Thus far, 3100 people have been killed and over 92,000 tested positive around the globe. Two cases of CoronaVirus have been reported in New Delhi and Bangalore. Both of these cities are going to host IPL matches this year and the fear is real as CoronaVirus transmitted from human to human. Not only the spectators are at risk because of huge crowds, but top players from all over the world are also in great danger. CoronaVirus fear has already forced cricketers from England to avoid handshakes with the rival team after matches in their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka to minimize the chances of contracting the virus. CoronaVirus which was started from Chinese city Wuhan has already spread too far off places in Europe and the USA as well leading to the cancellation of a number of sporting events, most of which were Qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
But the good news is IPL Governing Council chairman Brajesh Patel on Tuesday ruled out any threat to the upcoming IPL 2020. I 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).”Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com
Also, 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.