Sporting events all over the globe are revolving around the Coronavirus pandemic. With the Indian Premier League (IPL) itself getting postponed to the 15th of April, Chennai Super Kings have suspended their practice sessions in response to the fears of the virus. The thirteenth or the upcoming edition of the IPL was initially slated to commence from the 29th of March. However, the rapidly growing virus, BCCI had to shift it by a fortnight. Furthermore, the Indian authorities have also banned visas for outsiders till the 15th of April.
The yellow army’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina had begun their training in Chennai where plenty of fans gathered to cheer them. The inaugural game was supposed to take place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and runners-up of the last season, CSK.
With most international stars busy with international assignments, Dhoni had turned up well before time for the practice sessions. The former Indian captain hasn’t played a competitive match since the 2019 World Cup semi-final in July. But, with COVID-19 being declared as a global crisis, the three-time champions were forced to call off their net sessions.
Major international matches discarded as well:
Meanwhile, the BCCI has also abandoned the remaining two ODIs between India and South Africa scheduled to take place in Lucknow and Kolkata. England Cricket Board has also called off their two-Test tour of Sri Lanka. The ODIs between Australia and New Zealand is understood to continue behind closed doors.