Increase in the number of coronavirus cases in India demands an increase in the number of isolation wards. The HCA’s move to convert its cricket stadium into coronavirus isolation centre might see others following suite.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made us all to stay indoors and avoid any social gatherings. The number of coronavirus cases in India is low as of now. But a surge in figures being observed each day there’s an impending need for more isolation wards for patients. The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has a potential solution for it. The HCA has offered the use of its cricket stadium as an isolation centre for the coronavirus affected patients.
Highlights! Cricket stadiums in India turning into coronavirus isolation centres.
- The HCA has offered the use of its international stadium for setting up isolation centres.
- The Rajiv Gandhi International stadium consists of 40 wards that can be converted into full-fledged isolation wards.
- The move by HCA may push other state cricket associations to take a step forward.
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium leads the way
During the time when the entire country is fighting against coronavirus, even cricket authorities are coming forward and offering help. In one such move, the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) secretary R. Vijayanand has offered the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium to be used for setting up isolation centres for coronavirus affected patients in the state.
The HCA secretary wrote a letter to Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao about it. Vijayanand deemed the moral obligation to aid in public health interest and said, ‘in this hour of crisis HCA can be of some help to the government.’
An act of giving back to the government and public
The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium which hosts cricket matches – both international and IPL – consists of 40 wards that can be converted into full-fledged isolation wards. The huge parking facility outside the stadium will also aid the patients and their families during the quarantine. According to the HCA secretary, this initiative was unanimously backed by the HCA President Mohammad Azharuddin, Apex Council members and all the secretaries of the affiliated clubs.
The HCA secretary believes that this is the ‘right time’ for cricket authorities to support their fans and the government.
“We feel that this is the right time to give back something to the government and the general public in return for all the wonderful support they have been extending to us over the years.” – HCA secretary R. Vijayanand
Will Motera and Eden Gardens be the next?
The recently constructed Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, the largest cricket stadium in the world, boasts of state-of-the-art facilities. With 55 large sized rooms and other top notch facilities, the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) can offer the use of the stadium if the need arises. Similarly, the Eden Gardens in Kolkata is also a highly furnished cricket stadium in the country. Eden can also be used as an isolation centre in case of emergency.
Motera and Eden are just the two of many options available. India boasts of some world-class cricket stadiums across the country. The move by the HCA is an indication of cricket authorities joining hands in the battle against coronavirus. And it won’t be a surprise to see other state cricket associations in the country follow HCA’s suite.