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Franchise ready for IPL 2020 to be called-off aimed coronavirus outbreak

After the kick-off of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was postponed as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, one of the franchises officials claimed that the owners are set to have a conference call at 6 pm on Monday (March 16).

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday (March 13) decided to suspend IPL 2020 till April 15, 2020.

In a statement, the BCCI said that it “will work closely with the Government of India along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and all other relevant Central and State Government departments in this regard”.

“We are having a conference call today in the evening and we will discuss the situation, but just look around. Schools, colleges, malls, theaters have all been closed,” the official was quoted as saying by IANS.

“In fact, even gyms have closed now after the fresh directive from the health department. So, in such a scenario, it is only obvious that we might get to a situation where the league may have to be called off for a season,” the official further added.

While another official said that the franchises are ready to bear the losses as was no other choice but to bear what’s happening.
The opening match of this year’s IPL was supposed to be played between the most successful teams of IPL – defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) – at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 29.
“See, we will be having basic loses of around Rs 15-20 crore which comes with paying salaries and other things that come with the successful organization of the league,” the official claimed.
“But there are other loses as well like those that come from merchandise sales etc. While tickets and all are insured, these are loses which the franchises will have to bear if the tournament doesn’t happen. But then, we all realise that nothing beats human safety,” the official added.
India has recorded more than 100 positive cases so far with the global infected count standing at over 100,000. The death toll because of the virus has gone beyond 5,000 internationally.

IPL 2020: BCCI suspends 13th edition of tournament till 15th April

As a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020.

Concerned about all its stakeholders and public health, the BCCI is taking all necessary steps to ensure everyone related to IPL have a safe cricketing experience.

In a statement, the BCCI said that it “will work closely with the Government of India along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and all other relevant Central and State Government departments in this regard”.

Earlier, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has said that he would convince IPL franchisees to hold IPL matches behind the closed door.

Ganguly had said that the gate money from IPL matches (around Rs 4-5 crore per match) is inconsequential and secondary as compared to huge revenue from TV rights.

However, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has said that no sporting activities will be held in the capital.

ANI reported, “We have decided to ban any sports activity where people will gather in huge numbers like IPL. Social distancing is important to curb the breakout of Coronavirus.

“All big events, conferences, and sports gatherings have been banned in Delhi till further notice”.

IPL 2020 matches canceled says Manish Sisodia

Indian Premier League (IPL) matches will not be played in National Capital Delhi, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced officially.

IPL T20 is all set to kick start on Mumbai on March 29th of this year. Less than a couple of weeks to start the match several net practice sessions were canceled. Delhi Dy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced that all matches in Delhi will be canceled. Delhi Government already canceled Movies shows and Closed Schools earlier due to Corona Out Break.

In an Interview, Maharastra Health Minister Rajesh Tope Said That if BCCI approaches regarding IPL issues Government will not allow the sales of tickets. Earlier it was also planned to have IPL matches without Audience. It would be the first-ever tournament to be played matches without an audience.

Australian GrandPrix Canceled due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Will IPL 2020 played?

If IPL is not allowed due to Coronavirus Outbreak here is the List of Possible ways to conduct IPL 2020.

IPL 2020 Tournament to other Country

This scenario earlier happened once in India due to General Elections in India. IPL matches were not allowed to play India. Immediately Lalit Modi shifted IPL matches to South Africa. This possibility is not possible as of now. Since schedules are made. Shifting all players and crews to other countries requires a huge financial problem. Moreover, Coronavirus outbreak is all over the world. Indian Government also made a strict action on unnecessary travel. The country which is going to allow tournament should think of Coronavirus risk.

Postponing IPL 2020

IPL teams and management will not probably select this option until and unless canceling IPL 2020 comes into the scenario. This world-class tournament a big-money game even the government won’t want to cancel this event. Postponing IPL would be a better option but still its a million dollar question when Coronavirus outbreak will be control. Without proper date it’s not possible to schedule the tournament.

Matches without Audience

This would be the first-ever tournament to be played without the audience. Since 98% of income receives by BCCI are broadcasting rights and Sponsors. The sale of tickets are a very small number. this option won’t make a major impact on the BCCI revenue. But the Audience makes the match more enthusiastic. If this is the only option IPL team would make som best option in online to make matches more interesting. Moreover, only a few states don’t want the matches to happen out of all teams. States like Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharastra, West Bengal, and Punjab didn’t made any announcement.

Since Google Employee in Bengaluru infected with CoronaVirus all IT companies enabled work from home options. so possibilities of Matches in Bengaluru are also high risk.

Australian Opener David Warner who is playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad visa rejected.

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: Harmanpreet Kaur’s faith helped me make comeback, says Indian spinner Poonam Yadav

A finger fracture had almost left her T20 World Cup participation in doubt, however, India leggie Poonam Yadav says playing at the showpiece was very important

Ahead of the Women’s T20 World Cup final against Australia, Poonam Yadav said that skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has given her a lot of support.

“Harmanpreet has been of immense support. When I got hit for a six in the first over, she came to me and said, ‘Poonam, you’re one of the most experienced players in the team, and we expect better of you’,” Poonam said.

The 28-year-old experienced bowler has played 68 shortest format games for India and taken 94 wickets at an average of 22.66.

The spinner has been in devastating form throughout the tournament and has bagged nine wickets so far. “So, that kind of stirred something within me. I told myself if my captain has that much faith in me, I should be able to make a comeback,” she said.

“I took a wicket in the very next ball and didn’t look back since. Now when I look back at that moment, it means so much in the context of my individual performance and runs to the final,” she added.

In the opening game against Australia at Sydney Showground, Poonam came within a whisker of the third hat-trick in Women’s T20 World Cup history, dismissing Rachael Haynes and Ellyse Perry before Jess Jonassen was dropped.

The final of the tournament will be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on March 8 — International Women’s Day. 

Courtesy : DNA

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: India enter maiden final as clash against England called off due to rain

INDIA enter their maiden final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.

Unfortunate for England that they did not get a chance to fight for a spot as the match gets abandoned due to rain in Sydney. India will face either South Africa or defending champions Australia in the final.

India qualifies for the final by virtue of finishing higher on the points table. In the earlier seven editions, India never reached the final. 

The Harmanpreet Kaur lead side were the only team to win all their group matches, finishing on top of Group A. The Indian eves first defeated Australia in the tournament opener and then went on to win against Bangladesh, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

As for the tournament, there are no reserve days kept for the semi-finals and if both the matches are washed out, we will see two first-time finalists. 

Talking about the match being called off, England skipper Heather Knight said it’s “frustrating”.

She said she did not want the World Cup to end this way. “Would have been good to have a reserve day perhaps. That loss to South Africa cost us. Not really, we expected to reach the semi-finals and that we did. Undone by the weather. Did feel like we had started to gain momentum in recent games and we were really ready for this semifinal,” Knight said.

Not just the English skipper, even the Indian captain is unhappy as no reserve days were kept for the semi-finals. Harmanpreet said, “It is unfortunate not to get a game due to the weather. But that’s how the rules go. In future, it would be nice to have a reserve day”. 

About the tournament as a whole and their group stage matches, the Indian skipper said, “From day one, we knew that we have to win all the games because if in case we don’t get any play in the semifinals, it will be hard for us. Credit to the team, we wanted to win all the games and we did it. Everybody is looking in great touch”. 

Harmanpreet praised her players for their efforts. “Shafali and Smriti are giving us good starts, hoping they do it in the final too. Getting a good start is crucial because T20 is a short format and it’s tough to come back once under pressure. We’re looking positive in the nets, and looking to give our best. Unfortunately, both of us (her and Mandhana) couldn’t produce the results but it’s good to see others stepping up”. 

Courtesy : DNA

WATCH: This is how MS Dhoni reacted after a fan breached security at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium to shake hands

Ahead of the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni kick-started his preparations with a full-fledged net session.

Ahead of the cash-rich tournament, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman arrived in Chennai earlier this week and as expected, the former Team India skipper received a grand welcome from a huge crowd.

Later on, Dhoni trained with the rest of the squad at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Numerous fans flocked to the stadium to get a glips of their beloved ‘Thala’ and they got exactly what they wanted.

Fans finally saw MSD bat for the first time in the nets after a long time. A certain fan was soo excited to see the Thalaiva, he decided to climb up the barricades and run on to the field just for a handshake while MS was running around the ground for warmup.

As expected, Dhoni shook his hand before the security barged in and grabbed the intruder to carry him off the field.


Ever since India’s semi-final exit from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against New Zealand in August, Dhoni made himself unavailable for selection. During his break from cricket, he served for the Indian Army too.

Under the capable leadership Dhoni, the Super Kings have won three IPL titles (2010,2011, 2018) and will be looking to equal Mumbai’s record of four this season.

The opening match will be played between most successful teams of IPL – defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and CSK – at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 29.

Courtesy : DNA

Top sports news: Tokyo Olympics may be postponed due to Coronavirus, Dhoni’s first net session ahead of IPL 2020 & more

In Tuesday’s top Sports News (March 3, 2020), we have Japan’s Olympics minister hinting that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) may grant the grand be postponed till later this year due to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus.

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to take place on July 24 and the games will conclude on August 9.

Kapil Dev has voiced his suggestion on how Virat Kohli, who has been struggling to score runs, can get back to his former form again.

Let’s take a look at the top five Sports news in detail below:

1. Coronavirus outbreak: Tokyo Olympics 2020 may be postponed till end of year, says Japan minister

Japan’s Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto on Tuesday (March 3) hinted that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) may grant the grand be postponed till later this year after the colossus outbreak of the coronavirus.

2. WATCH: MS Dhoni greets fans at MA Chidambaram Stadium with a massive sixer ahead of IPL 2020

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni kick-started his preparations with a full-fledged net session in preparation for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

3. NZ vs IND: Kapil Dev reckons Virat Kohli’s dip in form is down to his age

Former Team India skipper Kapil Dev has voiced his suggestion on how Virat Kohli, who has been struggling to score runs, can get back to his former form again.

4. Fist bumps not handshakes: Joe Root reveals how his side is trying to combat coronavirus outbreak ahead Sri Lanka tour

England skipper Joe Root revealed on Tuesday (March 3) that his side is avoiding shaking hands ahead of their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka due to the sudden outbreak of the Coronavirus across the globe.

5. NZ vs IND: Virat Kohli heard saying ‘Jab India mein yeh ayenge tab dikha doonga’ during NZ’s 2nd innings in Christchurch

According to recent reports, Virat Kohli was heard saying, “Jab India mein yeh log aayengey, tab dikha doonga (I will show them when they come to India),” on day three of the second Test while standing at the slips when the Blackcaps were chasing down India’s 132-run target.

Courtesy : DNA

‘We will take a decision’: PCB chief Eshan Mani provides update on Asia Cup 2020 venue

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani has provided an update about the venue where the Asia Cup 2020 will be held with both India and Pakistan taking part in it.

Mani said that the Asia Cup is organized for the interest of the Associate Members and a final call will be made by keeping in mind the Asian countries.

“The Asia Cup is organized for the benefit of the Associate Members. We will take a decision keeping that in mind.”

“A final decision will be taken bearing in mind the interests of all the Asian countries. We have a few options,” Ehsan Mani was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

Previously, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly had confirmed that Dubai will be hosting the 2020 Asia Cup.

“Asia Cup will be held in Dubai and both India and Pakistan will play,” Ganguly told reporters at the Eden Gardens.

Speaking on the recent outbreak of Coronavirus and its possible effects on the tournament, Mani claimed that they need to prepared for any possible outcomes.

“Look, the Asia Cup is in September and we are in February,” PCB chief said.

“But if it (coronavirus outbreak) gets out of control, then we have to be prepared for any eventuality. So the matter could be discussed as a secondary issue.”

Courtesy : DNA

NZ vs IND: Prithvi Shaw joins Sachin Tendulkar in history books after explosive fifty in Christchurch Test

Team India opener Prithvi Shaw engraved his name in the record books during India’s second Test match against New Zealand at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday (February 29).

Shaw was in top form for the visitors as he played his aggressive style of cricket, taking on the Kiwi pacers early on in the morning.

Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and invited India to bat first.

In response, Shaw handed India a great start despite losing his partner, Mayank Agarwal, early during the first session of play.

The youngster played some eye-catching strokes and secured his second Test half-century off 61 delivers.

With this, the Mumbai cricketer also becomes the 2nd youngest Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to smash a 50 in Tests in New Zealand.

However, his stay at the crease was cut short right after by Kyle Jamieson who brought an end to Shaw’s surging innings of 54 runs off 64 balls just moments before lunch.

Youngest Indian batsmen to hit Test fifty in New Zealand:

Sachin Tendulkar in 1990 – 16 years and 291 days

Prithvi Shaw in 2020 – 20 years and 112 days

Atul Wasan in 1990 – 21 years and 336 days

Brijesh Patel in 1976 – 23 years 81 days

Sandeep Patil in 1981 – 24 years and 187 days

The fall of wickets continued when the post-lunch session resumed, with Tim Southee dismissing Virat Kohli (3) and Ajinkya Rahane (7) in quick succession.

Speaking on the topic of Prithvi Shaw’s explosive display with the bat, former Team India cricketer VVS Laxman said: “I am very impressed with young Prithvi Shaw. The way he approached his innings after the way he got out in Wellington showed he worked on that. Some of the shots he played, especially through the mid-off region. It shows that he has got tremendous talent and also he can identify what went wrong and rectify that.”

Courtesy : DNA

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: Bowlers shine as India beat New Zealand by 4 runs to enter semi-finals

With three wins in a row, India have secured their spot in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.

The Indian eves won the match in a thrilling encounter as they beat New Zealand by four runs in a last-ball on Thursday. 

Put in to bat first, India posted a below-par 133 for eight in the crucial Group A match. With this win, India topped their group, having beaten Australia and Bangladesh in their last two outings. 

Defending the total, all five Indian bowlers made sure to get a wicket. While Deepti Sharma gave away 12 runs to opener Rachel Priest (12), experienced pacer Shikha Pandey removed Priest in the next over.

Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad too gave New Zealand a hard time and they were seen playing with caution. 

Coming back into the attack, Deepti cleaned up Suzie Bates as New Zealand slipped to 30 for two. Poonam Yadav and Radha Yadav then mounted the pressure as they did not give the Kiwis much runs. The BlackCaps were soon reduced to 34 for 3 when the Poonam Yadav dismissed skipper Sophie Devine (14).

Maddy Green (24) and Katey Martin (25) tried to stabilize the innings with their 36-ball 43-run stand, however, Gayakwad removed Green and Radha followed to dismiss Martin which left New Zealand at 90 for 5 in 16.3 overs.

The Kiwis needed 44 off 21 balls and Amelia Kerr (34) took matters in her own hands as she blasted four boundaries to accumulate 18 runs in Poonam Yadav’s over. She brought the equation to 16 off six balls. 

In the final over, Hayley Jensen (11) and Kerr cracked a four each but Shikha ended the over with a run-out to complete the win.

Earlier, Shafali Verma made sure to give India a good start as she top-scored with a 34-ball 46, while Taniya Bhatia chipped in with a 25-ball 23.

In the 10th over, Taniya and Jemimah Rodrigues (10) were caught by Kerr as India slipped to 80 for 3. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s (1) poor form continued as she could not contribute and was soon sent back.

Shafali, who was dropped at least two times in the clash, holed out to Jensen at deep extra cover. She had smashed four boundaries and three maximum shots.

Left-handed batter Deepti Sharma (8) and Veda Krishnamurthy (6) brought up the 100 but both departed soon leaving India at 104 for 6. Radha Yadav came in and blasted 14 off nine which included a six in the final over, to give some respectability to the total.

Courtesy : DNA