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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread, even the Hollywood community has been affected. From actors to executives, here is a list of confirmed celebrity coronavirus cases.

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  • Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson announced they both tested positive for the coronavirus in Australia while filming their Elvis Presley biopic. The couple isolated themselves and are keeping their spirits up, sharing their experience on Instagram.

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  • Former Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko posted on Instagram Sunday that she was self-quarantining after testing positive for the coronavirus. She appeared in “Quantum of Solace” opposite Daniel Craig in 2008 and in the sci-fi movie “Oblivion.”

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  • Idris Elba posted a video on Twitter Monday saying that he tested positive for the coronavirus. The British actor said he is asymptomatic and encourages people to stay pragmatic.

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  • Lucian Grainge, longtime chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, tested positive for the coronavirus and has been hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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  • Kristofer Hivju posted on Instagram Monday that he tested positive for the coronavirus. The “Game of Thrones” alum is set to star on season 2 of Netflix’s “The Witcher.” 

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  • Rachel Matthews, the voice of Honeymaren in “Frozen II” and an actress known for “Looking for Alaska” and “Happy Death Day 2 You,” said in a series of posts on her Instagram story (via Page Six) that she tested positive for the coronavirus. Matthews described her symptoms over the course of a week in her posts and added that she found tests for the virus “INSANELY hard to come by.” 


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  • Kevin Durant, a two-time NBA Finals MVP and currently a player for the Brooklyn Nets, was one of four players who tested positive for the coronavirus, according to The Athletic. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” he told The Athletic.

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  • Actor Daniel Dae Kim announced on Instagram Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. “For all those out there, especially teenagers and millennials who think this is not serious, please know that it is,” the former “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0” star pleaded. He has since recovered from the virus.

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  • Prince Albert of Monaco is the first known head of state to contract the coronavirus.

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  • Sean Payton told ESPN he tested positive for the coronavirus. He is the first confirmed case in the NFL

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  • Colton Underwood, former star of “The Bachelor,” revealed in a Twitter video that despite being 28-years-old and healthy, he still tested positive for the coronavirus.  

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  • Andy Cohen, host of “Watch What Happens Live” on Bravo, announced he tested positive on March 20.

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  • Actress Debi Mazar (“Goodfellas,” “Younger”) announced on March 21 that she had tested positive for COVID-19. “Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough,” she wrote. “I can breath, and I’m going to heal here, in my own home! My family is under quarantine for 14 days.”

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  • Opera legend Placido Domingo announced on March 22 that he tested positive for COVID-19. “Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon,” he wrote on Facebook.

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  • “Les Miserables” actor Aaron Tveit announced he tested positive for the virus in a lengthy Instagram post. “I consider myself extremely lucky that my symptoms have been very mild,” he wrote.

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  • Sen. Rand Paul became the first U.S. senator to test positive for the virus Sunday.

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  • Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the virus in prison, according to a report from the Niagara Gazette.

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  • “Game of Thrones” actress Indira Varma revealed she was sick with the virus last week.


  • Daytime Emmy Award winner Greg Rikaart (“The Young and the Restless”) announced on Instagram that he tested positive for the coronavirus. “Nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys,” he wrote, referring to his husband and son.

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  • Playwright Terrence McNally died of coronavirus-related complications on March 24.

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  • Houston rapper Slim Thug said in an Instagram video posted on March 24 that he tested positive for coronavirus.

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  • Prince Charles, the first in line to the British throne, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus but remains in “good health,” his office announced on Wednesday.

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  • Jackson Browne, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, also announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. He is recuperating in his Los Angeles home.

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  • In a memo to staff Thursday, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell revealed he had tested positive for the coronavirus and “improving every day.”

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  • Chef Floyd Cardoz died of coronavirus complications on March 25. He won the third season of “Top Chef Masters” and appeared in numerous other cooking programs. He was 59.

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  • Mark Blum, who starred in “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “You,” died of coronavirus complications on March 26. He was 69.

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  • ESPN NBA analyst and reporter Doris Burke revealed Friday she tested positive for the coronavirus, and that it took eight days for her to get her results. Fortunately, she has been symptom-free.

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  • Chuck Billy, frontman for the thrash-metal band Testament, told Rolling Stone, “I had an achy body, headaches, coughing, tight chest, I lost my sense of smell and taste — the whole thing.” A few days later, he and his wife Tiffany learned they had the coronavirus.

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  • Houston rapper Scarface revealed in a livestream with Geto Boys’ bandmate Willie D. that he tested positive for COVID-19 after having symptoms that began with the lack of taste and smell.

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  • Adam Schlesinger, the songwriter best known for his work with the rock band Fountains of Wayne and the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” has been hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms. Sadly, the 52-year-old rocker died on April 1.

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  • Chris Cuomo announced on March 31 he tested positive for the coronavirus. The anchor has been hosting the show from his basement.

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  • Tennis commentator Patrick McEnroe announced March 31 he tested positive for the coronavirus. The brother of John McEnroe says he quarantined himself in his basement and is “feeling fine.”

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  • Eddie Large, one-half of the comedy duo Little and Large, contracting coronavirus while hospitalized for heart failure. Sadly, he died on April 2 at age 78.

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  • Jim Edmonds, MLB player turned “Real Housewives of Orange County” star, said he tested positive for both pneumonia and the coronavirus but is “completely symptom-free” now.

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  • Actress Ali Wentworth, who is married to ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, revealed on Instagram she tested positive for the coronavirus and “has never been sicker.” She is quarantined from her family.

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  • Tony-award winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell tweeted he tested positive for the coronavirus and was self-isolating. He added he was feeling better and “over the hump.” 

  • “Love Song” singer and Broadway star of the musical “Waitress” Sara Bareilles revealed she had tested positive for the virus and is already feeling better, she said in an Instagram story Friday.

  • Tom Hanks, Idris Elba and Prince Charles have all come down with COVID-19

    As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread, even the Hollywood community has been affected. From actors to executives, here is a list of confirmed celebrity coronavirus cases.

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    Nasser Hussain: County Championship may be sacrificed when cricket returns

    Nasser Hussain says the England and Wales Cricket Board should consider sacrificing the County Championship if the season is severely shortened by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Hussain’s former county Essex were due to begin their title defence on April 12, with the two-division competition once again set to be contested over 14 rounds.

    But with no professional cricket scheduled until May 28 at the earliest due to the outbreak, the ECB are currently drawing up a number of potential schedules for what will be a curtailed season.

    At the same time the game’s governing body has initiated a £61m package to help cricket weather the financial impact of the pandemic and Hussain says that naturally the ECB must focus on the revenue-driving formats of the game.

    “If you can’t do the County Championship justice, or do it properly, then I can’t see the point of doing it at all to be honest with you.

    “You are better off going down the more lucrative, money-grabbing ways of promoting the game such as international cricket, then white-ball cricket.

    “The Blast becomes a very, very important tournament if and when they do get back on the cricket field, because it does get a good audience.”

    For now the global cricket and wider sporting audience is bereft of live action due to the pandemic, which is likely to force a second delay to the start of the Indian Premier League.

    “I think they are making an announcement next week on that,” said Hussain.

    “That has been delayed until the 15th and you can’t see that happening. There may be a window later in the year for the IPL – maybe in October, leading into the World T20 in Australia so that players get ready for that by having a shortened IPL.

    “So everything is up in the air. You’ve got to be flexible from here on in.

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    ‘I left England’s World Cup win early’: Sam Mendes and Eoin Morgan on Sky Cricket Podcast

    Oscar-winning director, and cricket fanatic, Sam Mendes recalls how he missed “the greatest cricket match ever played” as he had to leave England’s 2019 World Cup final win over New Zealand early.

    Mendes, director of 1917, American Beauty and James Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre, among others, joined England’s victorious captain that day, Eoin Morgan, and Michael Atherton and Rob Key on a very special edition of the Sky Cricket ‘lockdown’ podcast.

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    With England’s remarkable Super Over win as the backdrop to the discussion, Morgan and Mendes also trade stories on their leadership roles in their respective professions, their difficult beginnings in the job and the biggest influences on their careers.

    Mendes didn’t want reminding of his experience of that day at Lord’s though, saying: “Just where the game got interesting, the point at which Ben Stokes came out to bat the first time, I had to leave!

    “My wife, a very fine classical trumpeter, was running the Cheltenham Music Festival and had asked me earlier in the year to do an interview in Cheltenham Town Hall about music in film.

    “She said, ‘what about the Sunday?’ I was shooting 1917 at the time, so it had to be a weekend but, then about the weekend before, this horrible realisation dawned on me that it was the same day as the final.

    “The chances of [England] getting to the final and winning it were fairly high, but the chances of it being the greatest cricket match ever played in history were about a million to one.

    “Making me feel slightly better was, in the next box along, Tim Rice also had to leave at exactly the same time as he had to go to the premiere of The Lion King at Leicester Square with his grandchildren.

    “I paraphrase here, but I think he said to me ‘I’ve never hated my grandchildren more’.”

    England would go on to lift the trophy after a thrilling Super Over finish, and Morgan talks on the podcast about just how he managed to stay so calm under pressure and the role the Black Caps played in starting England’s white-ball turnaround four years prior.

    Morgan recalls that group-stage exit at the 2015 World Cup, having taken over as captain only a month prior to the tournament, while Mendes too recounts a disastrous start to his first gig as a director on American Beauty.

    Listen in the player above, or by downloading here – you can also listen at this link – and read on for more fascinating insight from the pair.

    Difficult beginnings

    Morgan: “My experience was fast-forwarded because of that [2015] World Cup. It was a baptism of fire and a massive eye-opener.

    “I went away from what I would normally do; I normally take in information, culminate my own decision, am very clear in the direction I want to go, and then try to empower guys around me.

    “During that World Cup, I was trying to please different people because I wasn’t comfortable in the role and confident in the decisions I was making.

    “The humiliation of that World Cup, the extreme nature of it meant that we never wanted to go back to that place and fail in our own way.

    “You then map out a plan of what is our way, and how we’re going to get there.”

    Menders: “It has taken me a long time to get comfortable [as a director].

    “The first three days of American Beauty were pretty disastrous but, in a weird way, I was lucky that it was all very clearly wrong. On the first day, I forgot to say cut.

    “That was a very steep learning curve for me.

    “In a way, you could argue, like Eoin was saying, the basis of building a successful team was feeling what it was to fail – and failing in its most extreme form sometimes clarifies things.”

    Gaining trust

    Morgan: “The first thing that I tried to build was that level of trust that wasn’t there in the past.

    “The level of risk you’re asking guys to take, particularly batsmen; you’re asking them to be vulnerable, fail more often than not and yet continue to buy into our way of thinking in order to win a World Cup.

    “You treat it like you would do any relationship. You tell people where you’re going, what you’re doing, you do exactly what you say and you’re honest. That’s where the trust starts from.

    “It completely breaks down if you ask someone to bowl at the death, when you’ve told them they’re going to get the new ball and bowl in the middle overs, Or if you drop a player within three games when they’ve done exactly what you’ve asked them to, just the performance or result wasn’t there.

    “Building that trust over a long period of time has proven extremely beneficial. It’s about building an environment where players feel comfortable enough to express themselves.”

    Mendes: “The big difference between sport and film or theatre, or anything I do, is the psychological difference of sportsmen being right on the edge. We get a second chance; we get to go again if we mess up.

    “The collaboration is all about making everybody feel – particularly the actors – that they own it, that they’re not fulfilling some figment of my imagination, that their character is theirs.

    “One of the few things I say is, ‘there is not right or wrong, there is only interesting and less interesting’. You can’t make a mistake, but there might be something I think you could do better.

    “You’re trying to take out the negatives, and that allows people to take risks. Make them feel like they own the role and then they’ll begin to feel like they have a greater understanding of the character than yours or anyone else’s.”

    Biggest learnings

    Morgan: “Brendon McCullum is somebody I’m very tight with and have learnt a huge amount from. I’d say him and Andrew Strauss.

    “Baz inspired me a lot. Particularly in that 2015 World Cup. New Zealand always seem to manage to punch above their weight – since 2007, they’ve reached every semi-final of a World Cup.

    “That is a huge feat! They’re getting the most out of what they have, a population of about four and a half million and in a country where rugby dominates.

    “Having played under Straussy too, there are attributes I try to take from him, one in particular.

    “I used to find myself thinking ‘how does he manage to land his message every time he speaks?’ The skill of being able to articulate well and have something land is actually in the listening.

    “Not a lot of leaders do it – they just go out and talk about where they’re going, but don’t actually listen to a lot of feedback – but Straussy was absolutely brilliant at it.

    “That’s something I’ve learnt. You don’t always have to talk just because it’s the morning of a game or because you’re ‘the leader’. Bring people up around you and, certainly, I think we’ve done that, with leaders like Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy.

    “There’s a number of guys who I’d be comfortable handing over the reins to at different stages.”

    Mendes: “As a director, one of the strange and difficult things is, you don’t get to see other directors work.

    “As the theatre director Peter Brooks says, ‘the only way you become a director is to call yourself one and then just persuade everyone that is in fact the case. I don’t have a diploma that says, ‘I’m a professional director’, It’s just an act of will.

    “As Eoin just said, so much of it is about listening to other people. It took me a long time as a young director to learn when to shut up. I think its nerves more than anything else; you’re so eager to impress and give off the sense that you know what you’re doing.

    “Any captain can say to a batsman, ‘I want you to go and score a century’. That’s not captaincy, not leadership. That would be the equivalent of saying to an actor, ‘I want you to be frightening, to move me, to be really funny in this scene’.

    “That’s not directing. You begin to work out how to indirectly steer people.”

    Controlling emotion

    Morgan: “Virat Kohli in the field when he’s captaining, he’s up and down like a Yo-Yo, I don’t know how he doesn’t cry halfway through. It’s crazy!

    “I can’t operate like that. I can’t make decisions if I’m screaming or shouting and living every ball on the edge.

    “I actually found that out when I was a very young player. Playing against Essex at Lord’s in a Championship game, I was 96 not out, having not yet scored a hundred for Middlesex. Danish Kaneria was bowling, and I thought it was a great idea to run down the wicket and try to hit him over the Pavilion for six.

    “I missed the ball by about a foot, was stumped and ushered off by all the Essex fielders. I lost my rag, was screaming and shouting all the way through the Long Room, up the stairs and into the changing room.

    “John Emburey, who was the coach at the time, gave me the all-time spray of my life. I thought I was going to get sacked.

    “It simply doesn’t work for me. Being emotional about decisions makes me make erratic calls.”

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    Vitality Netball Superleague considering league resumption scenarios

    A number of scenarios are being considered by the Vitality Netball Superleague as they explore the possibility of how the competition will resume following the suspension brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Like all sport the league is currently postponed, a statement two weeks ago stated that it would be so until at least April 30, and it is anticipated that most of May will go the same way as the UK looks to stem the spread of the pandemic.

    Many leagues and competitions are considering their next moves and netball is no different, with a meeting still planned between the clubs and the Vitality Netball Superleague board for mid-April.

    “We remain focused on supporting the whole netball family at this difficult time from grassroots to elite netball, which includes working collectively with Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) teams to create contingency plans from a financial and competition perspective,” a spokesperson for England Netball told Sky Sports.

    “Some VNSL teams have made the decision to furlough players and coaching staff during this difficult time, allowing them to access the Government’s job retention scheme until they are able to safely return to court, this will allow VNSL teams to ensure long-term sustainability.

    “The VNSL Board will be meeting again at the end of April to review the league’s position and will issue a further statement/update for the netball family at that time.”

    Some v difficult conversations had this week, and some tough times ahead. But.. still THANKFUL to be a part of this netball community. GRATEFUL to those on the front line working to save lives each day. HOPEFUL communities can work together to get through this.

    Over the weekend the world’s biggest netball competition, Australia’s Super Netball and the Australian Netball Players Association, announced that all athletes would take two weeks leave from club duties from March 30.

    With the competition postponed until June 30, players will then remain at home on ‘active rest’ for seven hours per week for the subsequent three weeks – with a 70 per cent reduction of pay.

    Champions Manchester Thunder became the first Vitality Superleague team to publicly announce that they were taking up the UK Government’s offer of support during the pandemic through the furloughing scheme.

    Last week, Surrey Storm franchise director Mikki Austin considered a switch to a Super Cup-style format.

    “As much as we love sport and want to get back to playing netball as soon as possible, it pales in comparison to what’s going on across the world right now, Austin said to Sky Sports News.

    “In my own personal opinion, I think that it’s pretty far removed that we’re going to be able to have some form of competition that looks similar to our current Netball Superleague.

    “I think if we are at a point where we can get back to some form of competition, and right now that looks like a really big if, then it’s going to look like a completely separate almost Super Cup-style tournament.”

    In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, former Vitality Roses head coach Tracey Neville hoped that the teams would be able to complete a league season.

    Neville, whose time in charge of Manchester Thunder and Team Northumbria provided in-depth knowledge about running franchises, was clear about the impact a shortened season could have.

    “My worry is for the franchises, because they all work on ticketing revenue and the more games that are played, the more revenue they can generate, Neville said.

    “To see a decrease in netball at this particular time, when it’s on the rise, would just be devastating.

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    “I don’t know what [the schedule and timing] could look like but to shorten the season or decrease the number of matches or anything like that would be an absolute travesty for the franchises.”

    With only three full rounds played, plus two additional games, so far there had been concerns that the league might have run the risk of being voided but it is understood that there are no specific rules in place about a number of matches that need to happen.

    “England Netball and the Vitality Netball Superleague are in constant dialogue with the teams about options and scenarios, once there is an opportunity for a safe resumption,” the spokesperson added.

    “Where possible all England Netball and VNSL staff that can work from home will continue to do so and are working tirelessly to help the nation stay active by supporting campaigns such as Sport England’s #StayInWorkOut initiative.

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    Table tennis ideal sport to play during coronavirus lockdown, says British No 1 Liam Pitchford

    Playing table tennis is the perfect thing to do during the coronavirus lockdown, says British No 1 Liam Pitchford.

    Sales in table tennis tables have been soaring since schools were shut and the nation was placed into lockdown.

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    Pitchford, who was due to be representing Team GB in the Olympics in Tokyo before it’s postponment, says that more people should get involved with playing the sport.

    He said: “I definitely think it’s the ideal sport to play in the lockdown – provided you’ve got a big enough room, or you don’t mind it being affected by the wind outside.

    “There are so many kids sitting at home bored at the moment and this is the ideal thing for them to learn a new skill. Maybe they’ll enjoy it and in a few years we’ll have a lot more kids coming through.”

    Pitchford admitted the Tokyo 2020 postponement could hardly have come at a worse time, less than a month after he pulled off the biggest win of his career.

    The 26-year-old beat Chinese world No 1 Xu Xin en route to his first World Tour final in Qatar last month, putting him firmly in contention for what would be Great Britain’s first Olympic table tennis medal next year.

    While acknowledging the wider context of the decision, Pitchford added: “It has come at a slightly frustrating time for me because I felt like I was really starting to find my top form.

    “Beating the world No 1 in Qatar, a guy who I had never previously taken a set off, was probably the best match of my life.

    “It’s taken a while but I’ve always gone in against the Chinese players with nothing to lose, and recently I’ve sensed that they are a bit more nervous against me. If I play my game, I know I’m good enough to win.”

    Pitchford reached the last 32 at his second Olympics in Rio in 2016 and subsequently went on to win Commonwealth Games gold in the Gold Coast with his doubles partner Paul Drinkhall.

    But he acknowledged fulfilling his dream of ending the Chinese dominance at the Olympics – the country has won 53 of the 100 table tennis medals awarded and all but four of the 32 golds – will require another level.

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    Virat Kohli ‘boss’ of Indian cricket, says Ravi Shastri – Sky Cricket Podcast

    Virat Kohli is the “boss” of the Indian cricket team and been instrumental in their success and renewed focus on fitness, head coach Ravi Shastri told the Sky Cricket Podcast.

    India are top of the ICC Test rankings and only below England in the ODI standings, with captain Kohli the driving force, according to Shastri.

    Shastri took over the head coach role in 2017 but says his job is only to “take the burden off” Kohli, who has led his county to a world-record 12 Test victories in a row on home soil.

    “The captain is the boss, I always believe that,” Kohli told Rob Key, Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton on a show you can download here or listen to in the player below.

    “The job of the coaching staff, as far as I’m concerned, is to prepare the guys in the best possible way to be able to go out there and play brave, positive, fearless cricket.

    “The captain leads from the front. Yes, we are there to take off the burden but you leave him to do his job in the middle. The captain sets the tone and is encouraged to set the tone. In the middle, he controls the show.

    “When you talk about fitness, the leadership came from the top and that is Virat. He is not a guy to mess around.

    “He woke up one morning and said if ‘I want to play this game I want to be the fittest player in the world and compete against the best in all conditions’ and he let his body go through one hell of a lot.

    “It was not just the training but the sacrifices he made with his diet. I could see that change happening all the time. He got up one day and said ‘Ravi, I’m vegetarian!’

    “When he sets those standards, it rubs off on others. Test cricket for us is the biggest form. It’s the benchmark. We want to set standards.”

    India’s one-day series at home to South Africa was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, while the Indian Premier has been delayed until at least April 15.

    However, Shastri believes a rest from the treadmill of cricket is not a bad thing, saying he noticed tiredness among his players during their tour of New Zealand, in which they were whitewashed 3-0 in an ODI series and beaten 2-0 in the Test series.

    “I could see from the New Zealand series that the cracks were coming with mental fatigue and fitness,” added Shastri, who played 80 Tests and 150 ODIs for India between 1981 and 1992. “The amount of cricket we have played over the last 10 months was beginning to take its toll.

    “Guys like me and some of the support staff left India on May 23 for the World Cup and have been home for just 10-11 days.

    “Imagine the toll it has taken on players who play all three forms and all the travel involved with that. It has been tough.”

    Coronavirus could yet mean the IPL is not staged in 2020, so England batsman Jonny Bairstow may not be able to resume his opening partnership with David Warner at Sunrisers Hyderabad.

    Bairstow and Warner shared four century stands for the franchise last term, including one of 185 when both batsmen scored tons against Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore side.

    “It was an amazing experience. I had played against Dave [Warner] but then playing with him, it was fascinating getting an insight into the way he goes about T20 cricket,” Bairstow told the podcast.

    “He has played that role [of pantomime villain] in international cricket, trying to get under the skin of the opposition but going into an environment I’d never been into before, I couldn’t have asked for much more.

    “He was very welcoming and very helpful, whether it was on the opposition we were playing against or the pitches we were playing on.”

    Also on the Sky Cricket Podcast India Special…

    Harsha Bhogle on how India Women’s run to the T20 World Cup final has had an impact in the country and whether he thinks the IPL will take place this year

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    Coronavirus: New Olympics date a priority, say Tokyo 2020 officials

    The message from Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organisers is that a new date for the start of the Games must be agreed quickly as a matter of urgency, writes Sky Sports News reporter Geraint Hughes…

    The newly formed ‘Tokyo 2020 New Launch Task Force’ have set themselves the daunting task of “putting the Olympics back together after they have been torn apart” – that was the emotional rallying cry from chief executive Toshiro Muto.

    Apart from agreeing a new date for Tokyo 2020, the Task Force talked about a number of other issues that the postponement has thrown up.

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    Muto talked about a number of issues to be resolved including ticketing, security, venues, merchandise, accommodation, the Athletes Village, transportation and lining up unpaid volunteers.

    He added he was looking at thousands of contracts and the interests of broadcasters, sponsors, the IOC, world sports federations and national Olympic committees.

    On Wednesday, IOC president Thomas Bach said the Games could be rearranged for spring 2021, as opposed to the traditional summer slot.

    Hidemasa Nakamura, the Games’ delivery officer, was pressed again about dates on Thursday. “That’s something we haven’t decided on yet,” he said.

    “We have no idea when we will be able to finalise the dates. We don’t have a fixed plan how to proceed from here.”

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