Cricket New Normal: IPL Extravaganza To Hit The Screens From 19th September!

The 13 th version of the Twenty20 cricket extravaganza, the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), is set to unfold from 19 th September 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 53-day long tournament would see around 70 matches including practice matches during the period; the afternoon matches would start at 3.30 pm IST and evening matches at 7.30 pm IST. The matches are to be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Eight teams or franchises will take part in the tournament: Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.   The IPL Governing Council under the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recently announced Dream11, an Indian company based in Mumbai, as the title sponsor of the IPL 2020 thanks to the exit of the erstwhile title sponsor Vivo, a Chinese concern. As per news reports available it has almost been decided not to have real spectators f

Cricket New Normal: England Triumph In Closed-Door Tests!

Cricket in COVID-19 times started in England from the 8 th of July 2020 in empty stadiums and with the strictest of norms and measures. The first 3-Test Series since the outbreak of the pandemic was played against the visiting West Indies. The visitors won the first test by 4 wickets on the fifth and last day of the closely fought encounter. However, the hosts came back stronger in the second and the third test matches, winning the second match by 113 runs and then routing the unpredictable, as ever, West Indies by 269 runs in the concluding match, thus winning the Test Series 2-1. In Test cricket, English seamer Stuart Broad became the 2 nd seam bowler from England, the fourth fast bowler of the world and the seventh bowler overall of the world, to capture 500 wickets in the last encounter that concluded on the 28 th of July 2020. Pity, no home supporters or any other supporters were there to cheer him and the team win! The most promising aspect of the New Normal Cricket was

COVID-19 Reinfection Worries: Confirmed Case In Hong Kong, And More!

There has always been a lot of doubt about how long the antibodies developed in humans after being infected with COVID-19 would last and whether a person recovering from an infection could get the virus again or not. This doubt permeates even the vaccine development process: even if a safe and effective vaccine is ultimately found, would it be able to provide long-term immunity in vaccinated persons. Now, the first confirmed case of a COVID-19 reinfection in Hong Kong reaffirms this doubt. A 33-year-old man in Hong Kong got COVID-19 positive in late March 2020 and recovered in the first part of April. Then in August he visited Spain and while returning to Hong Kong he was found positive again at the airport. In the first he was symptomatic while he was asymptomatic in the second infection. Hong Kong researchers did a genome sequencing on the patient and confirmed reinfection, revealing that in the first instance he was infected with the prevalent Asian strain of SARS-CoV-2 an