India’s head coach, Ravi Shastri has cleared that the safety of everybody in the nation should be the first priority rather than playing cricket. India is also suffering from the widespread coronavirus outbreak and the state has gone into a 21-day lockdown from March 25.
Team India were supposed to play a three-match ODI series against South Africa at home. After the first game got washed away at Dharamshala, the series was suspended keeping in view the spike in Coronavirus cases in the country.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also postponed the IPL 2020 until April 15 and things don’t look good for the cash-rich league as it stands a great chance of being suspended.
Now, the Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri has backed all this postponement and suspension stating that the priority for everyone should be the ty of the people.
Ravi Shastri Sensed Things Aren’t Good In The Initial Stage Itself
“It came as a shock. To be honest, having been on the road during the South African series, we guys anticipated it. We knew something was on the cards as the disease started spreading. When the 2nd ODI was called off we knew something was going to happen and a lockdown was imminent,” Shastri said.
“They all knew it was coming. They sensed it in New Zealand. There were apprehensions when we came via Singapore. By the time, we landed, I think we got out at just the right time. The day we landed, that was the 1st day they were screening people,” Ravi Shastri said.
Ravi Shastri Says Safety Should Be First For Everyone
“Cricket should be last on everyone’s mind now. The most important thing is safety and not just your safety but also other’s safety, the safety of the people you know by creating the kind of awareness which tells people that there’s something very serious,” Shastri added.
“Virat has done it, a lot of other players have done it by posting messages on social media. It’s imperative. Players knew this is something very serious and there could be a hold-up in cricket for some time,” he added.
The Covid-19 pandemic, which according to the World Health Organisation is accelerating, has led to more than 26,000 fatalities worldwide as of March 27.
More than 566,000 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus which has led to a global health scare.