1. CSK droop follow periods
Chennai Super Kings’ follow periods will stand suspended from Saturday (March 14) in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The three-time IPL champions had commenced coaching from March 2 on the MA Chidambaram Stadium with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu getting all the way down to work.
“Chennai Super Kings practice sessions at M A Chidambaram stadium stands suspended from March 14, considering the present COVID-19 situation,” Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary RS Ramasaamy mentioned in a press launch.
2. Kings XI Punjab involved
“No human life is worth sacrificing for IPL which should not take place if the situation doesn’t improve in two-three weeks,” mentioned co-owner of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab Ness Wadia. Wadia, who spoke to the BCCI officers together with president Sourav Ganguly, mentioned the state of affairs has to enhance for the IPL to happen. “There can be no compromise for even one human life. If we cancel the IPL and end up saving one life, it will be worth it. That is my personal opinion. It is better to be safe than sorry,” mentioned Wadia. “The first benchmark is April 15. If the situation improves after two-three weeks, it could be reconsidered, if not then IPL should definitely not happen,” mentioned Wadia.
3. Virat Kohli urges warning
A day after the BCCI referred to as off the India vs South Africa ODI sequence and postponed the upcoming version of the IPL as a result of coronavirus outbreak, India and Royal Challengers captain Virat Kohli urged individuals to watch out and vigilant. “Let’s stay strong and fight the #COVID19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Stay safe, be vigilant and most importantly remember, prevention is better than cure. Please take care everyone,” mentioned Kohli.
4. Ganguly focusses on security
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly mentioned the “first priority is safety” after the board suspended the beginning of IPL 2020. “Let’s stick to the postponement (at the moment). First priority is safety, so we postponed the games,” Ganguly mentioned. “We will see what happens. It is too early to answer,” mentioned Ganguly when requested if there might be extra double headers if they can host it from April 15. Asked whether or not the IPL franchises are joyful, Ganguly mentioned, “Nobody has a choice.”