Coronavirus sports news: Coronavirus is impacting many sports and tournaments around the world. All tournaments in Italy are banned until April. So many football matches in England have been postponed.
IPL 2020 News: So far more than 70 people have been found infected with the coronavirus in India. In such a situation, the effect of Coronavirus is also seen in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) starting from 29 March.
Foreign players will not be seen playing in the opening matches of the tournament.
According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), foreign players cannot come to India until April 15 due to visa restrictions regarding coronaviruses.
As such, they will not appear for the first 17 days in the world’s largest T20 league.
The board source said, “Foreign players participating in the IPL fall in the business visa category. According to the instructions of the government, they cannot come till 15 April.”
The government has suspended all the existing foreign visas due to coronavirus till 15 April. Only diplomatic and working visas are exempted.
More than 4 thousand people have died worldwide due to coronavirus. The decision on the future of the IPL will be taken during the Governing Council meeting in Mumbai on 14 March.
One option left for the tournament is that the matches be played in an empty stadium.
This has happened during a football match in Europe. The spectators were not allowed into the stadium in the second leg of the pre-quarterfinal played between Paris Saint Germain and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, the world’s largest football league tournament.
The match at the empty stadium can be thought of once, but it is difficult to imagine an IPL without foreign players.
Foreign players bring thrill and experience to the youth in the tournament. Foreign players contribute a lot to the dominance of this tournament in T20 leagues around the world.
The first match of this season is to be played between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians on March 29 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.