BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has rejected the possibility of cricket making its return in India in the near future saying he doesn’t believe in risking human lives for sports. Also Read - Former Pakistan First-Class Cricketer Riaz Sheikh Dies of Suspected Coronavirus
Ganguly’s comments have come after reports emerge that football season in Germany could resume in early May behind closed doors after sporting events across the globe were suspended in wake of coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - New Zealand Pacer Lockie Ferguson Gearing up For IPL if it Happens This Year
“The social reality of Germany and India are different, there will be no cricket in India in the near future,” Ganguly told The Times of India. “There are too many ifs and buts involved. More importantly, I don’t believe in sport when there is a risk to human life.” Also Read - Joe Root May Miss West Indies Test to Attend Birth of Child, Ben Stokes Could Captain England
Ganguly thus put an end to speculations whether IPL could be held in front of empty stadium in the near future.
India offspinner Harbhajan Singh also agrees with Ganguly’s view.
Harbhajan says fans in India not only throng to the stadium but also follow cricketers in public places too including at the airport, team hotels and outside stadiums which will become a nightmare in light of the current health crisis.
“When IPL teams travel, there’s a huge crowd at the airports, hotels, outside the stadium. How are you going to stop them if you are looking to maintain social distancing? There should be no top-flight cricket till there is a vaccine for Covid-19,” the 39-year-old said.
IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO KS Viswanathan echoes Ganguly and Harbhajan’s views saying even the team’s practice sessions invite significant crowd despite restrictions.
“Did you see the crowds during our practice sessions at Chepauk when we said we can’t allow people inside the ground. Lives are at stake, you can’t control Indian crowds that easily. Yes, there will be financial losses, but we have to live with it,” Viswanathan said.