From saying no to handshakes to playing matches in empty stadiums and eventually calling off almost every series or tour, here’s how the cricketing world was impacted by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak.

March 16
News – Plunket Shield cancelled due to coronavirus measures, Wellington named champions

March 15
News – ‘I just had very very mild cold,’ says Lockie Ferguson after coronavirus concerns
News – Broad backs ‘tough but necessary’ decision to return home from Sri Lanka
Over-50s World Cup cancelled over demographics concerns

March 14
Video: BCCI will assess IPL situation every week, says president Ganguly
Video: Heath and safety is of ‘paramount importance’ – Delhi Capitals co-owner
News – Cancellation looms for Sheffield Shield as Australia combat coronavirus
News – BCCI to wait and watch before fixing IPL schedule
News – Root admits England’s ‘relief’ after postponement of Sri Lanka tour
News – Australia v New Zealand cancelled with travel restrictions in place
CSK suspend training camp early and send players home
BCCI puts Irani Cup and other domestic tournaments on hold
West Indies says all cricket in the region will be suspended from March 16 for a minimum of 30 days.

March 13

Lockie Ferguson undergoes coronavirus test after reporting sore throat
MCC v Essex game in Galle and World Cricket Committee meeting in Colombo cancelled
News – India v South Africa ODI series postponed
News – IPL 2020 deferred until April 15
News – Four days shaved off PSL schedule following rejig; 10 overseas players depart
News – Finch, Sodhi reflect on “unique” experience of ODI in an empty stadium
News – Overseas players’ visas and double-headers: things IPL franchises would want clarity on
News – England tour of Sri Lanka postponed
Netherlands tour of Namibia cancelled
Delhi bars all sports activities in the city
World Cup League 2 series in Florida postponed
News – Kane Richardson tests negative for COVID-19
News – Australia-New Zealand ODIs to be played behind closed doors
News – MCG World Cup crowd ‘right thing to do’ – Cricket Australia chief executive
News – England Test schedule in doubt as UK moves to COVID-19 ‘delay’ phase

March 12
ICC Board to hold March meeting via conference call only
News – Australia Women’s tour of South Africa postponed
Video – Would feel weird to play in empty stadiums – Aaron Finch
Karachi PSL games to be played behind closed doors
Last day of Ranji Trophy final to be played in empty stadium
Road Safety World Series postponed
News – IPL 2020 likely to take place behind closed doors
Fan who attended Women’s T20 World Cup final at MCG tests positive
Notts cancel friendly due to Northants’ Singapore tour

March 11
ICC board meeting in March under coronavirus cloud
BCCI releases list of precautions for Indian team
Video – We have some dos and don’ts regarding Covid-19 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar
News – World XI v Asia XI matches postponed amid coronavirus fears
News – England ban selfies with fans amid coronavirus fears
News – PSL games to go ahead in Karachi as scheduled
Asia XI v World XI: BCCI to review situation in Dhaka
Surrey and Worcestershire cancel pre-season tours

March 10
No handshakes for South Africa while on tour in India

March 9
News – One ticket per person for first T20I: BCB reacts to coronavirus concerns

March 6
News – CSA going forward with India tour after medical advice

March 5
News – Everest Premier League in Nepal postponed

March 3
News – No handshakes for England in Sri Lanka

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