Coronavirus Scare: BCCI shuts down its Mumbai office; asks employees to work from home

Coronavirus Scare: BCCI shuts down its Mumbai office; asks employees to work from home

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced the decision to shut its headquarters in Mumbai. Furthermore, the cricket board also directed its employees to work from home for the time being starting Tuesday. According to reports, the employees have been asked to "work from home" whereas all the cricketing operations have already been suspended till further notice. 

Prior to this, BCCI had announced that the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed. The start date of the annual cricket tournament has been pushed to April 15.

"The BCCI employees were today notified that the headquarters at the Wankhede Stadium will be shut down in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. All the staffers have been told to work from home," a BCCI official told PTI.

Various sporting events such as IPL, the Indian Super League ISL final, the India-South Africa ODI series, horse racing and off-course betting in Mumbai and Pune have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Maharashtra government has also imposed section 144 of the CrPC, and barred public gathering in public places. As per the latest reports, the number of cases tested positive with Coronavirus is 114 in India, including 39 cases in Maharashtra.

Currently, there is a lockdown in place in Maharashtra. All the cinema halls, malls, schools, gyms etc have been asked to remain shut till March 31. Grocery shops can remain open. The state is also advising people to avoid social gatherings and crowded places. 

Meanwhile, all eight Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises have ended their practice sessions and the players have returned home. The two major concerns for the franchises will be bringing foreign players on board to play matches and see that the fans make it to the stadiums.

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