World Health Organisation has declared Coronavirus a ‘pandemic’ and all the countries across the globe has started to put ban on mass gatherings more severely. An advisory related to organising games in closed doors to avoid mass gatherings has also been released by Indian Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
Since last couple of days, a number of series have been either called off or advised to be played closed doors by the officials of BCCI and India’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports.
With the corona virus threat getting intense every passing day, the dark clouds are hovering over the IPL 2020 as well as there are just 15 days left for the start of the tournament.
Recently, Government of India has also issued a directive related to suspending visas to all foreign nationals. The Government of India directive reads: “All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.”
Keeping all these things in mind, Cricket Australia has now issued an advisory for Australian players leaving the decision of playing in the IPL 2020 on themselves.
The statement reads, “The IPL is not affiliated with CA as a separate competition featuring individual Australian players, whose contracts are directly with their franchises,” a communications manager with CA was quoted as saying in a report published in Sportstar.
“From a CA perspective, we continue to monitor the situation, particularly looking at the advice provided by DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and other relevant government agencies, including the Australian Institute of Sport, which has outlined a coordinated approach for all Australian sports,” he added.
A number of frontline Australian cricketers (like – Pat Cummins (KKR), Glenn Maxwell (KXIP), Nathan Coulter-Nile (MI) were all set to be part of 13th edition of IPL. Among all of them, Pat Cummins, the costliest foreign buy ever with a bid of INR 15.20 Cr. from KKR, will now have to make this decision on his own.