The BCCI President Sourav ‘Dada’ Ganguly on Tuesday, 24 March said that he is ready to convert the Eden Gardens indoor facility and the players’ dormitory into a temporary medical facility, if the state government wants them to.
In an exclusive interview with PTI, Ganguly said, “If government asks us, we will certainly hand over the facility. Anything that is need of the hour, we will do it. There is absolutely no problem.” “I think this is the best option at the current moment. Certain things are beyond anybody’s control. Whatever directives that the government and ministry of health gives us, we have to follow. That’s the case all over the world,” he added.
When asked about the state of IPL 2020 and whether it would be conducted or not, Ganguly nothing much has changed with regards to this in the past ten days or so. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 taking centre stage, it would be foolish for the administrators to even think about conducting an event of such a massive scale.
Lot of pressure and strain would fall on the shoulders of the BCCI President in a time when IPL 2020 would most likely be called off and other tours also in doubt due to the COVID-19. But what must be appreciated is, despite the prevailing situation of complete chaos as far cricket action is concerned, the former Indian skipper is willing to help out in such distressing times.
Dada’s suggestion or idea is indeed a good one and must be utilized by the West Bengal government. The need of safe, healthy isolation wards to keep patients who have contracted the virus is critical. And in a country like India, there aren’t enough beds in hospitals to cater to this growing concern.
The Eden Gardens stadium can hold up to more than 50,000+ spectators and it should be put to best use in such turbulent times.