Rohit Sharma has shared a heartfelt message to all nurses and doctors in their fight against Coronavirus. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a total lockdown of sports all over the world, right from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A to the NBA and other American sports. Cricket is no exception, with the Indian Premier League now postponed to April 15 while domestic cricket in Australia, India and New Zealand have either been cancelled or postponed. International cricket is also at a standstill, with India vs South Africa, Australia vs New Zealand, England vs Sri Lanka and Pakistan vs Bangladesh all postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Amidst all this, Rohit Sharma, the skipper of the Mumbai Indians franchise and the Indian cricket team opener, took to Twitter to share a heartfelt tribute to the doctors and nurses who are fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Stay safe everyone. pic.twitter.com/2ABy1XUeTP— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 16, 2020
"The world has come to a standstill which is very very sad to see. The only thing that can get us back to normalcy is coming together. How do we do that? Be a little smart, be proactive, know your surroundings, informing the nearest medical authorities over any signs of symptoms. Because, we all want kids to go to school, go to malls and also go to movies in theatres. I appreciate the efforts of the doctors and nurses around the world who are putting their lives at risk in dealing with the patients who have tested positive in the last couple of weeks. Last but not the least, my heart goes out to people who have lost their lives and their families. Take care and be safe," Rohit posted in a video shared on his Twitter page.
The 2020 Indian Premier League has been postponed to April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Image credit: Getty Images)
The Indian Premier League was postponed to April 15 while the India vs South Africa ODI series was rescheduled to a later date in the wake of the coronavirus. England's two-Test tour of Sri Lanka has also been postponed. The coronavirus has also cast a pall of gloom even in domestic cricket. The Plunket Shield in New Zealand was cancelled and Wellington were declared the winners while the final round of Australia's Sheffield Shield tournament has also been cancelled with a call on the final taken later.
The BCCI has suspended the remainder of the Indian domestic cricket season over the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. This announcement has resulted in the Irani Trophy, which was to have been played between Saurashtra, the Ranji Trophy champions and Rest of India has now been suspended due to the coronavirus. The coronavirus pandemic has wrecked sports and society all over the globe. In the United Kingdom, the Premier League and other sporting events have been suspended till April 3 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
With the cricket season beginning in April and with international matches set to begin from June 4 with England taking on the West Indies in three Tests, there is a big doubt over the status of all these games. However, if government reports are to be believed, sports in the United Kingdom is set to take a massive hit for close to one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In an exclusive report in The Guardian, a secret Public Health England (PHE) briefing for some National Health Service (NHS) officials has revealed that the coronavirus might circulate in the country for close to 12 months. In the document released by the PHE, it said that 80 percent of the population is expected to be infected and upto 7.9 million could be hospitalised.