West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee isn’t quite pleased with the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly as no one from the Indian cricket team board did inform her government about the cancellation of the third ODI against South Africa at Eden Gardens on March 18 amid coronavirus threat.
Her anguish came on a day the State Assembly speaker Biman Banerjee announced restrictions on visitors’ entry.
“Everything was alright with Sourav. But they should have told us a word, nothing else. When the match was scheduled to be held in Kolkata, at least the Kolkata Police should have been informed.
“I am saying this with due respect. Why would not the state chief secretary or home secretary or police commissioner or someone else in the government be informed?
“How is that if you inform us after taking a decision? We are not asking you to stop the match. But what would you have done had you been in this situation?” Banerjee was quoted as saying in DNA.
The coronavirus has put most of the sporting events to halt. India’s domestic tournament, including the Irani Cup, has been put to hold. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was earlier slated to get underway from March 29. However, the COVID-19 threat forced the BCCI to postpone the tournament until April 15. There’s also chance of the tournament not happening at all.
If the IPL happens in the end, then the matches could well be played behind closed doors. Apart from the T20 league, a number of other tournaments have either been postponed or cancelled.