IPL: RCB defers training camp due to coronavirus threat

17 Mars, 2020, 05:06 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Only then will they decide on the next course of action with regard to the fate of the 13th edition of the IPL.

The coronavirus outbreak has forced Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to defer its training camp, which was scheduled to commence here on March 21.

The serious outbreak of Covid-19 which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and claimed two lives in the country so far besides affecting over a hundred has hit the sporting world and the IPL has been no exception.

The three-time IPL champions had begun training from March 2 at the M A Chidambaram Stadium with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, star player Suresh Raina, and middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu. "We request everyone to follow the guidelines provided by the Health Ministry and stay safe", RCB tweeted on Monday.

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Last week, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended the tournament after the government imposed travel restrictions.

Leading Chennai Super Kings to the finals of IPL 2019, Dhoni's 416 runs in 15 matches at an average of 83.20 and a strike rate of 134.62 including three half-centuries had seem him become the highest run-scorer for his team.

All the franchise owners are hoping that in case the tournament kicks off on April 15, the states that have denied permission for games so far to avoid crowd gatherings will give the green light.

Dhoni, who last played competitive cricket during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, missed the West Indies tour (and all subsequent series) past year due to his training for the parachute regiment of the Indian Army in Kashmir valley.

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