Saha doubtful whether most foreign players would be available if IPL 2021 restarts
The BCCI is currently looking for a proper window to restart the aborted IPL 2021 after it was halted in the middle of the season in early May due to covid outbreak within the bio bubble. At least 4 franchisees CSK, KKR , SRH & DC reported positive cases within their bio-bubbles. With the rapid spread within 24 hours forcing the BCCI to suspend the event.
One of the covid positive players during that phase, Wriddhiman Saha. Who is currently free of covid and poised to make the England tour has indicated that he may have contracted the infection while travelling to Delhi from Chennai. (where the initial matches of SRH were held) or during their training sessions on the ground in Delhi. Where the groundsmen were present during practice. And also while he mingled with a couple of CSK players while the other team also practised simultaneously.
Saha doubtful whether most foreign players would be available if IPL 2021 restarts. Saha did not sound very positive about IPL’s resumption as he is very doubtful. Whether most of the foreign players will be able to participate due to starting of international commitments for all the national teams. He particularly mentioned about Australia, England and West Indies players. Who form the major part of the overseas contingent in IPL. Saha added that without foreign players participating. The IPL will be reduced to an enhanced version of the Syed Mushtaq trophy, which is the annual domestic T20 event of BCCI.
Saha’s apprehensions appear to be genuine as BCCI is struggling to get a decent window for IPL. As most of the IPL bound overseas players will be involve in national duties for their respective national teams. Gradually as the year approaches the months of July, August and September.