Cricket Stars and Covid 19 - Infections and Support for Control Measures
If you are a cricket fan, you cannot fail to have seen the effect that the current Covid 19 global crisis has had on the sport so far. Many series and tours have been cancelled and postponed and several players have found themselves in lockdown as the fight against the virus continues, in India and across the world.
Thankfully, the cricket world is not currently seeing a lot of confirmed Covid 19 cases, but its likely that this situation will change as the virus continues to take hold.
Cricket stars affected by the virus
Covid 19 is already having a significant effect on cricket events. It seems likely that the IPL will become the next big tournament to be cancelled, although no official decision has been made yet.
The virus is also starting to have an effect on cricketers themselves. For instance, Kumar Sangakkara is in self-quarantine in Sri Lanka and Jason Gillespie is in isolation in
Australia having returned to the country from the UK. Every member of the South Africa team was also required to self-isolate when the team recently returned to the country from India.
Although none of these cricketers have been confirmed as having the virus, it seems as though its only a question of time before this list of cricketers infected with Coronavirus starts to grow significantly.
When this happens, hopefully the stars that appear on the list will make a full recovery and resume their careers once the cricket world returns to normal. In the meantime, current and ex cricket stars are helping with virus control in India.
Cricket stars helping with Indias virus control efforts
Like many countries, India has implemented a lockdown of the country, in an attempt to control the spread of Covid 19. The government has encouraged people to comply with the rules that have been imposed.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has joined the voices encouraging people to act as instructed in order to protect the country as a whole. The national sporting hero took to social media to share his thoughts.
He said that he had seen many people still gathering in large groups and reminded the population that this was against the best interests of the country. Kohli recognised that the fight against Covid 19 is not easy but emphasised the importance of being dedicated and sticking together.
Former Indian cricket captain Sachin Tendulkar has also discussed the Covid 19 crisis with followers on social media. Like Kohli he emphasised the importance of adhering to government restrictions.
He went on to talk about the importance of being supportive to individuals and of not making people feel unwanted simply because they are unfortunate enough to have contracted the virus.
Finally, he encouraged people to take social distancing seriously in order to help slow the spread of Covid 19 in India.
Covid 19 is a serious issue for the entire world, with hundreds of thousands of people currently infected. In India, the government has imposed restrictions on the population. These restrictions should help to reduce the spread of the virus.
However, they will not immediately halt the spread. It's a health emergency that is likely to have an effect on people, including professional cricketers, for several weeks to come.