The collapse of sporting events continued on Friday amid the threat of the coronavirus outbreak that has taken lives of more than 5,000 people worldwide. The cricketing world also came into the grip of the COVID-19 fear as a series of events were canceled or suspended by the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus that has rocked the footballing world, Formula One and has shredded the global sporting calendar, now has also impacted the cash-rich league IPL 2020, Pakistan Super League (PSL), England’s cricket tour of Sri Lanka and other events.

Here is all the update on key cricketing events affected by the virus

IPL 2020

IPL 2020 was originally slated to start from March 29 and continue till May 24 but the fate of the tournament now lies in the dark as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rise within the country.

The Indian Premier League 2020 has been postponed till April 15 and the tournament could be played behind closed doors. Team owners have suggested that the T20 league be pushed back by a couple of weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak which has been declared a pandemic by the Wolrd Health Organisation.

The IPL Governing Council is meeting on March 14 to discuss the way ahead.

ndia’s remaining two ODIs against South Africa in Lucknow and Kolkata were called off a day after BCCI said that the matches will be held in front of empty stands.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said they will work with Cricket South Africa (CSA) to reschedule the 3-match ODI series.

“BCCI along with CSA on Friday announced to reschedule the ongoing ODI series in view of the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak.,” BCCI said in a press statement.

“Cricket South Africa will visit India at a later date to play 3 One-day Internationals. The BCCI-CSA will jointly work out the revised schedule.”

On Thursday, BCCI had announced the last two ODIs in Lucknow and Kolkata would be played behind closed doors but with the fear of the pandemic growing every day, it was decided to call off the tour.

Australia-New Zealand ODI without spectators

Australia met New Zealand at the beautiful Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday and as the two captains went for the toss there was no roar or applause from the crowd as there was no crowd!

Aaron Finch and Kane Williamson shook hands out of habit during the toss and later when they realised the magnitude of risk they had taken amidst the coronavirus pandemic, they got startled first and then laughed it off with a quick joke.

A dummy was placed just perfectly to not completely leave the stands deserted. The dummy was caught by camera giving ‘a loud cheer’ to openers David Warner and Aaron Finch.

England’s tour of Sri Lanka has been postponed due to the current novel coronavirus pandemic. England were in Sri Lanka for a two-Test series starting March 19.

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic worsening globally, and after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket, we have today made the decision to return our players to the UK and postpone the forthcoming Test series between Sri Lanka and England,” a press release issued by ECB said.

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) will finish four days ahead of schedule after 10 foreign players withdrew from the event Friday because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said Lahore will now host both semifinal matches next Tuesday and the final on Wednesday. The top team will play against No. 4 in the first match while the second will be played between the No. 2 and No. 3 teams.

The remaining four league games will go ahead as scheduled in Lahore and Karachi until Sunday.

Earlier, the PCB said English players Alex Hales, Tymal Mills, Jason Roy, James Vince, Tom Banton, Liam Dawson, Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone are among those who will be flying home.

News Source: India Today


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