Sourav Ganguly responds to fears IPL could be cancelled over coronavirus threat

Sourav Ganguly has allayed fears the upcoming Indian Premier League could be cancelled due to the spread of coronavirus.

A number of sporting events has been postponed over the past month, with England’s Six Nations clash with Italy the latest high-profile match to be cancelled.

More than 90,000 cases of the virus have now been diagnosed in 87 countries, with the outbreak killing more than 3,000 people.

The 2020 IPL is due to start on March 29 and BCCI President and India legend Ganguly says ‘all measures’ are being taken to ensure the tournament goes ahead and players will not be at risk.

‘The IPL is very much on. Everywhere, tournaments are going on,’ Ganguly told PTI.

‘England are already in Sri Lanka. South Africa are here. There are no issues.

‘County teams are travelling all over the world. They are travelling to Abu Dhabi, UAE to play. So there is no problem.

‘We will take all precautions. I don’t know exactly what the extra measures are. It’s only medical team which will tell us about that.

‘The medical team is already in touch with the hospitals so that everything is available. We will do what the doctors say. They are the professionals.’

In a bid to prevent the spread of illness, England’s Test squad will not shake hands during their tour of Sri Lanka, using first bumps as a greeting instead.

The players have also been given immunity packs and advice from their medical team after more than half of the squad suffered from gastroenteritis or flu during the recent tour to South Africa.

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