Coronavirus to keep foreign players off the field this IPL?
About 60 players from across the world are expected to travel to India for IPL but government restrictions on visas due to Coronavirus fears have put a question on their travel plans
Just a fortnight away from VIVO IPL 2020 there is a new concern hovering over the tournament. In an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the government issued an order restricting visa permits. Given IPL is a star-studded tournament with players travelling to India from all across the world; the order poses a serious threat to the success of the series.
BCCI authorities abstained from commenting on their next move as they decide to let things take its natural course. The order from the government said, “All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International organisations, employment and 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.”
This puts a question on how players would travel to India for the tournament that takes off on March 29. About 60 players from across the world including the likes of Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders), Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab), Chris Morris (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Sheldon Cottrell (Kings XI Punjab), Nathan Coulter-Nile, (Mumbai Indians) and Shimron Hetmyer (Delhi Capitals) are expected to travel to India for the 13th season of IPL.
Amid all the confusion regarding travelling BCCI is contemplating to carry on the tournament in empty stadiums so that stakeholders like the team owners and broadcasters do not lose out on their money.
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