The Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is likely to meet on March 14. World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) as a pandemic. Therefore there are rising concerns as to whether IPL should go ahead as scheduled or not. There shall be discussions over the same in the GC meeting.
Even if the tournament does go ahead, participation of foreign players seems doubtful. The Indian government has suspended all visas except diplomatic, official, employment and certain other kinds until April 15. Foreign players, coaches visiting India for sports events such as the IPL are granted a B-Sports visa. However, whether these also stand suspended is not yet clear.
As of now, the BCCI is yet to discuss the possibilities. The IPL may be played indoors or be postponed. They have been waiting for directions from the Indian Government.
The Indian Government, however, has already issued an advisory. This asks people to avoid mass gatherings. The IPL also falls under such category of events.
“Experts across the World have advised to reduce mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus disease,” the advisory on the health ministry’s website says.
“In view of above, it is advised that mass gatherings may be avoided or possibly be postponed till the disease spread is contained.
“In case any such mass gatherings are organized, States may take necessary action guide the Organisers on precautions to be taken as per the risk communication material already sent so as to avoid any Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) cases and Influenz Illness (ILs) including Covid-19.”
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