Mumbai: As the Indian Premier League 2021 has been marred by Covid-19 with unprecedented rise in cases, the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tells about the heavy loss incurred by the suspension of the tournament.
Mr. Ganguly, defending BCCI’s decision to host the IPL 2021 in India amid COVID-19 outbreak said if we fail to complete the IPL, the loss will be close to Rs 2,500 crore.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar come out with another video, in which he has said, that he had predicted that the IPL 2021 will be suspended. He had also requested the BCCI to spend the money of IPL, on saving lives of the people.
“See, we have better contacts in Chennai, so it was decided to fly both Hussey and Balaji into Chennai in an air ambulance to ensure that if the need arises, we have the facilities ready. Fortunately, they have no symptoms and both are doing fine. But yes, Hussey has to wait to get a negative report before he can leave India. We will arrange a charter when he is safe to fly,” a CSK official explained to media.
It all started on April 5, when 14 members of the broadcast team had tested positive, who were staying in Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai. Also, a total of 11 ground-staffers from the Wankhede Stadium had tested positive. Unlike the players and teams, they don’t stay in the bio-secure bubbles.
There are two big issues for the BCCI in conducting the tournament in September in India. Firstly, it is the safety of the players as there is another (third) wave of the pandemic which is expected to hit the country later in the year. No one is quite sure what the timeline would be and this uncertainty can wreak havoc in pre-scheduling an event which has already been rescheduled. However, there is an option to host the remainder of the tournament in the UAE which has largely controlled the Covid-19 pandemic. The Emirates hosted the 2020 edition of the IPL successfully in a secured bio-bubble.
Even as BCCI is trying to contain the fallout of IPL 2021, more shocking reports of the extend of the IPL 2021 Bio-bubble breaches are putting the board in a spot of bother. After news of bookies employed as cleaners at the Arun Jaitely Stadium, various reports claim a massive failure in maintaining the bubble after teams practising at the local club in Delhi came in contact with the general public.
The overseas players have started to fly out of the country. The Australians are flying to the Maldives and Sri Lanka before being allowed back to their country. However, A few of the England cricketers have already reached their country are in a mandatory 10-day quarantine. The Kiwis and West Indies players will be flying out soon enough while the South Africans too have no hassle in travelling to their country.
Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad have told Cricbuzz that they have no clarity on the flight schedule. “We’re trying our best, but we don’t have clarity on this so far,” said an SRH manager on Tuesday. They have booked Go Air flights but they are struggling to fly to Barbados specifically.