Kolkata: The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has said its cricketers and match officials, who had health insurance policies from the association, will also be covered for the deadly novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to the spread of coronavirus, India is under a lockdown. There are no cricket matches in the country. All sports events have been suspended.

The number of coronavirus positive cases in India has crossed 400. So far, eight deaths have been reported in the country.

“Earlier in the week, Medical Committee Chairman Pradip Dey and Medical Committee Member Santanu Mitra had met Representatives of SBI General Insurance Company to ensure insurance policies obtained by the Association cover COVID 19,” CAB said in a media release.

The CAB added, “As a follow up to such meeting, in a Coverage Confirmation for COVID 19 Virus addressed to Avishek Dalmiya, President of The Cricket Association of Bengal, State Bank of India General Insurance stated, ‘This is to assure you that all the group policies on behalf of your esteemed organization covering cricketers, umpires, Scorers, etc are being covered from COVID 19 Virus (CORONA VIRUS)’.”

SBI has further informed that, “We have instructed our TPA’s (Third Party Administrators) to report cases of COVID 19 and no claims should be rejected. We shall be shall be reviewing each case by merits and any claims pertaining to COVID 19 will not be rejected.”

CAB presient Avishek said, “We are with our players, scorers and umpires as the world is witnessing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. Our insurance policies cover hospital expenses arising out of COVID -19 for over 3,200 individuals including cricketers who are playing first and second division tournaments.

"It would also cover women players playing for Bengal and ex-cricketers who represented Bengal Senior Men’s Team. Therefore, there is no reason for them to panic. However, it is always advisable to take adequate preventive measures to stop spreading of the virus as per Guidelines of Government. Wishing our players and match officials safe times ahead."