Karnataka govt seeks Center’s advice on hosting IPL T20 amid Coronavirus scare
In view of the global coronavirus outbreak and detection of four cases in the state, the Karnataka government has sought advice from the Centre on whether to postpone or suspend the Indian Premier League Twenty 20 (IPL T20). The matches are scheduled to start from March 29.
Also, a plea has been filed by advocate G Alex Benziger in the Madras High Court seeking a direction from the Central government not to allow the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to conduct IPL T20 matches owing to the outbreak of the deadly disease. The plea will be heard by a division bench on March 12.
The Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said, “I have written to the Centre saying there are IPL matches scheduled to be held in Karnataka, and that Maharashtra has already taken a decision in this regard. We have asked for the Centre's guidance on what action we should take.”
A source close to the ministry revealed that the state also denied hosting the matches in the state.
However, the senior Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) officer said that the association had not received any official information about it up till now. He further said that on getting any information for the government, it would be passed on to the BCCI. He added that ‘the KSCA only hosts the matches; the BCCI will take a decision’.
Earlier, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had raised concerns over the Coronavirus outbreak and felt that the IPL can be organized at a later date.
Meanwhile, on Friday the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly asserted that the matches would proceed as per the given schedule.
He added that all precautions were being taken to tackle the rapidly spreading threat and they have sought the advice of the medical team in this regard.
India’s total count of positive Coronavirus patients rose to 62 on Tuesday with fresh confirmed cases, being mostly from Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka and one from Jammu and Kashmir.