The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has affected the world severely. It has brought the world to a standstill with many countries being completely lockdown for safety and to contain the spread of the virus. Many major sporting events have either been postponed or canceled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic affecting the globe. Cricket has also suffered a similar fate with many international and domestic matches being canceled. Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes has expressed his thoughts on the future of the Indian Premier League.
Rhodes suggests that IPL is no different than any other sports events in the world and believes it should be called off because of the Corona Virus. Earlier the government of Indian had imposed a 3-week nation-wide lockdown. Expected to end on April 15, the lockdown has been extended until May 3 due to the increasing number of cases across India. IPL was postponed indefinitely with faces an unknown future because of the same. Jonty Rhodes is involved in the IPL as he is the batting and fielding coach of Kings XI Punjab,
“Everything around the globe is uncertain because of COVID-19. Then why should IPL be different? The Australian government has already imposed a ‘do not travel’ restriction on its citizens. You should keep your fingers crossed,” Jonty Rhodes said.
“I don’t think that this should be seen as a ‘pause’ in our normal existence. There will be a new and normal world. It will take around many months to find out exactly what is new. Nothing is going to be normal, even after the lockdown is lifted. We need a very different kind of economics if we are to rebuild society and pave the way for an ecologically sound future,” he added.
Just like the rest of the athletes around the world, Jonty Rhodes has been confined inside his house with SA being in lockdown. He shares how his routine has been amid the lockdown and how the best fielder in the history of the game is
“You can easily presume how busy I am, looking after the kids. Taking time to be creative with the children is a topic that I am incredibly passionate about,” Rhodes said.
“It continues until 1 in the afternoon. Afterward, the children watch movies for half-an-hour and take rest till 3. Melanie and I do online yoga during that period and then we have outdoor games till 5 in the evening. We all start helping prepare dinner, which is usually a barbecue,” he added.