Latest: India v South Africa, IPL and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Following the latest news regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the effects it might have on the ongoing tour of India by South Africa, the upcoming IPL and other Tours, the BCCI and other Boards have made statements....
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been working closely with the Government of India along with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) in the wake of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
After holding discussions with the MYAS and MOHFW, the BCCI on Thursday announced that the remaining two One-day Internationals (ODIs) of the three-match series of South Africa tour of India, 2020, will be played without any public gathering, including spectators.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), on Wednesday, assessed that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. The BCCI is making every effort for compliance with the regulatory bodies of the Government of India and ensure the safety of our athletes and valued fans.
The BCCI will continue to take guidance from the Government of India and state regulatory bodies.
Brijesh Patel, governing council chairman of the Indian Premier League which was due to start its season later this month, has said that the organisation would meet on Saturday to discuss "all possibilities" regarding the tournament, including visas issues for overseas players and the possibility of playing matches in empty stadiums.
Cricket Ireland is liaising with both Irish and British governments, as well as working closely with relevant sporting authorities, to ensure we are fully informed about the pandemic, and acting in accordance with the best advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team, relevant public health bodies and the World Health Organisation.
The health and safety of players, staff, coaches, families and volunteers within the cricket community is our key priority, and we will take all necessary actions to do our part in limiting the spread of the Coronavirus.
As a result of the clear advice from public authorities, Cricket Ireland will undertake the following actions:
- The Cricket Ireland Office will be closed to staff and visitors from 6pm this evening, until 29 March 2020 – all staff will work with their line managers on establishing working-from-home procedures, and conducting meetings via video conferencing;
- We will endeavour to fulfil external business meetings during this time by phone or video conferencing, as appropriate;
- We will cancel any non-essential travel by staff during this period;
- All training sessions led by Cricket Ireland coaching staff will be postponed immediately until 29 March 2020;
- An immediate assessment will be made on the scheduled tour to Zimbabwe by the Ireland Men’s senior team, with an announcement made in due course.
Furthermore, Cricket Ireland will liaise with Provincial Unions on their own emergency plans to ensure a consistent approach is being taken across the Unions and the 117 clubs across Ireland. The Unions will also postpone all training and schools programmes until 29 March 2020.
While we are not in the regular season for cricket at this stage, we are conscious that most clubs will have a scheduled programme of pre-season activity underway. We appreciate this disruption may inconvenience many, however, we believe it is in the best interests of both the cricket family and the wider community, and we sincerely thank everyone in advance for their cooperation and understanding.
We will continue to actively monitor developments on a day-to-day basis, and provide further updates over the coming weeks.
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