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Coronavirus In Cricket, Football And Other Sporting Nations - Numbers Show Dire Situation

The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Decimated Sporting Calendars All Over The Globe, With Cricket, Football And All Sporting Events Getting Postponed, Stalled And Cancelled In What Promises To Be The Worst Crisis For Sports In Peace-time.

By : Siddharth Vishwanathan | Updated on: 27 Mar 2020, 07:16:12 AM
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The Australia vs New Zealand ODI in Sydney was the last cricketing action that took place before the sport went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

New Delhi:

When the year 2020 arrived, there was immense fun in store for sports fans. The year 2020 was supposed to be the year of Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Football's Euro 2020, IPL 2020, ICC World T20 2020. In short, it was a period of non-stop sporting action which would keep fans occupied throughout the year. However, the coronavirus pandemic, that has killed over 21,000 people and infected close to five lakh people worldwide has completely stalled sporting activity in the world. Bilateral series between India vs South Africa, Australia vs New Zealand, Sri Lanka vs England and Pakistan vs Bangladesh have all been curtailed due to the coronavirus.

England have suspended professional cricket until May 28 while India's domestic season has been postponed due to coronavirus. Australia and New Zealand's regional cricket has been cancelled while there is a major cloud over IPL 2020, which has been postponed to April 15. Apart from cricket, other sports have taken a major hit. Football's Euro 2020 has been postponed to next year while the marquee sporting event of the year, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, has been postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus.

Football's big five football leagues, which is the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 have all been suspended. Apart from China, the coronavirus has wrecked havoc in Europe, Australia and is threatening to create problems in Asia as well. With sport being played all over the globe, it is worth noting the impact of the coronavirus in terms of number of fatalities and the situation there of the sporting activity. We are dividing this into cricket and the criteria will be the 12 Test playing nations. In Europe, we will look at the top five leagues and the impact there while we will also look at the status of American Sports as well as the Olympics.

Coronavirus And Cricket - A Look At Numbers

The coronavirus pandemic has locked down cricket in all countries and there is a doubt on when will the game resume. In the following table, here are the 12 countries in which Test cricket is played and the status of the game in those countries which have been impacted by COVID-19

Country Coronavirus Cases Number of Fatalities Status Of The Game
Australia 2676 11 Sheffield Shield cancelled, NZ Series Suspended, Travel Ban Enforced
United Kingdom 11658 578 Professional cricket suspended till May 28
New Zealand 283 0 Plunkett Shield Cancelled, Borders sealed
South Africa 709 0 All cricket activity suspended, Players in self-quarantine after India tour
Ireland 1564 9 Series vs Bangladesh postponed, all cricket suspended
Afghanistan 84 2 No series scheduled
India 657 12 IPL postponed to April 15, domestic cricket suspended
Pakistan 1063 8 Pakistan Super League postponed to November, Bangladesh series postponed
Bangladesh 39 5 Pakistan series postponed, Ireland series postponed
Sri Lanka 102 0 Series vs England postponed
Zimbabwe 3 1 No series scheduled
West Indies 129 2 Proposing to host series vs England, no decision on CPL 2020

*All stats are before 12:00 GMT

Source: worldometers website of WHO

Coronavirus In Football

The coronavirus pandemic has decimated football and there is a fear that the uncertainty over the resumption of the major leagues could result in a massive economic collapse of the clubs. There is a fear that if the major leagues in Europe are cancelled, then the loss will be close to 4 billion euros.

Serie A has been the worst affected, with Italy now having the highest fatality due to the coronavirus. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Even in South America, the situation is dire with major footballing events suspended in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Here is a look at the football events which have been affected due to the pandemic.

Country Coronavirus Cases Number Of Fatalities Status Of The Game
United Kingdom (Premier League) 9529 131 Premier League suspended indefinitely
Spain (La Liga) 49515 3647 La Liga suspended indefinitely
Italy (Serie A) 74386 7503 Serie A suspended indefinitely
France (Ligue 1) 25233 1331 Ligue 1 suspended indefinitely
Germany (Bundesliga) 37323 206 Bundesliga suspended indefinitely
Brazil 2554 59 Football suspended until further notice
Argentina 502 8 Football postponed till March 31
Chile 1142 3 League cancelled

*All stats are before 12:00 GMT

Source: worldometers website of WHO

Coronavirus In Other Sports

The coronavirus pandemic has decimated all sports all over the globe. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been postponed to next year while other major events like the NBA, MLS and MLB in America have been postponed along with the Stanley Cup in Canada. Here is look at how the other countries that have been affected by the coronavirus are coping up.

Country Coronavirus Cases Number of Fatalities Status of Sports
USA 68367 1029 NBA hopeful of resumption in July, MLS Suspended, MLB postponed by 8 weeks
Canada 3409 36 Stanley Cup resumption unclear
Japan 1307 45 Tokyo Olympics 2020 postponed to summer of 2021

Also ReadCoronavirus Pandemic Threatens Economic Collapse Of Major European Football Clubs

*All stats are before 12:00 GMT

Source: worldometers website of WHO

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First Published : 26 Mar 2020, 11:43:48 AM