In India, from April 9, despite the increase in the incidence of coronavirus infection, matches of the popular Indian Premier League (IPC) cricket tournament in the country begin.
Taking into account the spread of Covid-19, all Indian Premier League (IPL) games will be held in the bio-safe zones of the cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. As previously reported, all games will be held with completely empty stadiums. Cricket fans can enjoy the game only with the help of television and numerous live broadcasts.
For Cricket India’s governing body, the IPL tournament will be a dress rehearsal for the T20 World Cup.
However, while waiting for unforeseen situations, the worst-case scenario has long since happened. Six months ahead of the scheduled T20 Cricket World Cup and the start of the IPL, India is battling a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the country reporting more than 115,000 new cases on April 6 alone.
The interim Director General of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Geoff Allardyce, told the press that despite all the problems, the upcoming World Cup in India will go ahead as planned, but the governing body has back-up plans in case the country fails to host the tournament.
At the same time, the main sponsor of one of the most expensive competitions in the world was the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo. The company previously replaced the US-based PepsiCo in this capacity, but declined sponsorship last year after a Sino-Indian skirmish at the border.
“I am pleased to announce that Vivo has rejoined us and this league will be called the Vivo Indian Premier League,” said Briesh Patel, Chairman of the IPL Governing Body.
However, despite the coronavirus, interest in cricket remains ultra-high, even with fairly serious anti-epidemic measures. But we are sure that the World Cup 2021 will definitely be spectacular and productive.