Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli
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India skipper Virat Kohli and former cricketer VVS Laxman are taking initiatives to spread aware amid the global pandemic coronavirus which has resulted in 1,56,396 confirmed cases including 5,833 deaths worldwide.

"Let's stay strong and fight the COVID19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Stay safe, be vigilant and most importantly remember, prevention is better than cure. Please take care everyone," tweeted Kohli on Saturday.

"One who stays away can save the rest. Requesting everyone to take the necessary precautions & be responsible. If you have symptoms, please get yourself tested. If you have tested positive please be in isolation and help prevent others. Together we can overcome this soon," tweeted VVS Laxman.

Many sporting events, including that of cricket, have been affected globally across the world due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

India's ongoing ODI series against South Africa has been postponed after the first match was washed out in Dharamsala. Also, the Indian Premier League - originally scheduled to start from March 29 - has been postponed till April 15.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said the "first priority is safety" of the people and that's why the board has taken the decision to defer the IPL. "Let's stick to the postponement (at the moment). First priority is safety, so we postponed the games," Ganguly said on Friday

Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Subramaniam Badrinath said the BCCI has taken the right decision to suspend cricketing activities.

"Unpleasant times yes, but common man safety should be preceded before anything else IND vs SA and IPL schedule being postponed, right action taken by the BCCI," Badrinath said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar said the IPL 13 should be held in empty stadiums if that serves everyone's best interests.

The Sports Ministry has already issued advisory asking national federations, including the BCCI, to follow the Health Ministry's guidelines and avoid large gatherings in sports events.

India have recorded more than 100 positive cases so far with two people losing their lives to the disease.

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