Maharashtra Health Minister Drops a Big Statement Ahead of IPL 2020

Published 03/09/2020, 3:10 AM EDT


The coronavirus outbreak and the fears that come with it are real. This epidemic is becoming the reason why individuals are cancelling trips, companies allowing employees to work from home, and events facing delays. Now, it seems as though the IPL 2020 might be in trouble because of the disease.

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Health Minister suggests BCCI should reschedule IPL 2020

The Health Minister of Maharashtra, Rajesh Tope, is under the impression that the 13th season of the Indian Premier League should commence at a later date. He believes that this event will make both the audience and players vulnerable to the disease. His proposal says that the IPL 2020 initiate at a later date. His concerns are in the right place considering deaths due to the virus are rising in India and globally. This is according to the data by the Health Ministry of India.

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Keeping his concerns in mind, three weeks before the start of the event Tope suggests that BCCI should reschedule IPL 2020. He says that gathering large number of audiences at different stadiums will aid the spread of the disease. Hence, allowing this event to take place at this time is definitely not a judicious idea at all.

“There is always a possible danger of spread (of contagious diseases) when large numbers of people gather in one place… Such (IPL) events can always be organised later.”

BCCI President makes his statement

On the other hand, the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly makes the announcement regarding IPL 2020 and coronavirus. He assured that the cash-rich event will proceed according to plans. Additionally, the BCCI is taking all precautions possible to ensure the threat is under control. This announcement was done on the 6th of March (Friday).

“It’s on. The BCCI will take all protection (against coronavirus).”

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The first match of IPL 2020 will be between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. This match will be on the 29th March.

Read: WATCH: Rohit Sharma says “Ye IPL 13 hai, 13 toh odd number hai” in Latest IPL 2020 Promo

 

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