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BCCI to continue with IPL despite grim covid related developments in the tournament
Testing, Isolation, Quarantine, Bio bubble
The above four words have been a part of the game of cricket since 2020, and they have come back to haunt the IPL 2021 with the tournament barely reaching the halfway stage. BCCI to continue with IPL despite grim covid related developments in the tournament.
On 3rd May ( Monday) IPL 2021 was riddled with off-field covid related uncomfortable news one after the other.
Firstly, KKR reported that 2 of their cricketers, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandip Warrier have tested covid positive. Varun had apparently breached the bubble to visit a clinic for some treatment.
Soon another news floated in from the CSK camp with 3 members ( none of them players) CEO Kashi Vishwanathan, bowling coach L Balaji and the bus cleaner were reported as positive. BCCI to continue with IPL despite grim covid related developments in the tournament.
Thirdly, 5 groundsmen of Firozsaha Kotla stadium of Delhi were tested covid positive. DDCA claimed that none of them was present in the RR v SRH match. BCCI to continue with IPL despite grim covid related developments in the tournament.
Another news floated in that Bangladeshi cricketers Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan may soon withdraw from IPL and return home due to the Bangladesh government’s new and more ruthless quarantine rule of 14 days quarantine on return.
It may be mentioned here that the Australian government has already taken up a strong stand not to allow any Australian working in India ( including playing in IPL) to return home during the period of the ban of Indian bound flights to land in Australia ( currently the end date is 15th May but can be extended in the context of the gravity of the situation).
And in a final development during a frustrating day, the full Delhi Capitals squad is asked to be in isolation by BCCI for few days as they were the last team to play against a covid stricken KKR.
Indeed the above points are a small reminder of the extremely difficult times created by the covid pandemic and its current covid explosion in India leading to scarcity of beds and oxygen.
However, the BCCI has taken a firm stand to continue with the IPL from 4 May onwards after the match between RCB and KKR to be played on 3rd May was postponed due to 2 KKR players testing covid positive.
With the T20I World cup scheduled in Nov 2021 in India, the BCCI understandably wants to prove that they can host a big tournament in current times without any issues. However, with a few players and teams already under a covid scare, it will have to take very sensible decisions relating to IPL’s future which is currently on thin ice to be very honest.