More than three lakh corona cases are coming to India every day for the last few days. The medical system is struggling with the shortage of oxygen and some essential medicines.
Before the tournament started, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that the IPL 2021 will be held in India only.
Fear is also increasing among the players playing IPL 2021 amid the growing Corona crisis in India. Due to this, four players have withdrawn from the tournament in the last 24 hours. These include India’s experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as well as Australia’s Ken Richardson, Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye. It is feared that some other players can also do this. Australia and Rajasthan Royals fast bowler Andrew Tye left IPL 2021 midway due to fear of entry into his country due to rising Corona cases in India. He claims that many other cricketers from Australia can also take such a step. After this, Ken Richardson and Adam Jampa of Royal Challengers Bangalore also decided to leave the league for personal reasons. The demand for cancellation of IPL 2021 is also increasing rapidly.
Amidst all this, the statement of BCCI regarding IPL 2021 has come out. It says that the game will continue. The tournament will not be interrupted. A BCCI official told news agency PTI, ‘The IPL will continue. If someone wants to leave, then there is no harm in it. More than three lakh corona cases are coming to India every day for the last few days. The medical system is struggling with the shortage of oxygen and some essential medicines. Many countries including Britain and New Zealand have banned travel from India. Australia has also cut flights by 30 percent and there is a possibility of further ban as three lakh cases are coming daily in India since last few days.
Cricket Australia can take players with chartered aircraft
Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association said in a joint statement that they are in touch with their cricketers, coaches and commentators involved in the IPL and are monitoring the situation. Australia can arrange chartered aircraft for its players upon completion of the tournament. 14 of Australia’s players are in the league right now. Apart from them, coaches Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich, commentators Matthew Hayden, Brett Lee, Michael Slater and Lisa Sthalekar are also here. The England and Wales Cricket Board is also constantly talking to its cricketers.
David Hussey said – there is fear among the players
Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders mentor David Hussey said that some Australian players in the IPL are nervous about how they will return home due to increasing Corona cases in India. Hussey said that a strong bio bubble has been made for the IPL, but it is natural for players to be worried about the current situation in India.
At the same time, Chris Maurice, the South African all-rounder of the Rajasthan Royals, the most expensive player of the IPL, said in a press conference that in the team meetings, there is a continuous discussion about the Corona crisis in India. New Zealand players, including New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, will have to be in the middle for playing the Test series against England from June 2. In such a situation, his repatriation is not possible.
Corona tests are held daily in IPL
The players playing in the IPL are part of the bio bubble. They are also being tested daily. IPL matches are being played without spectators in six cities. Matches are being done only in two cities at a time. So far the matches of Chennai and Mumbai have been completed. Now there will be matches in Delhi and Ahmedabad. Then it will be Kolkata and Bangalore. The playoffs and finals will be held in Ahmedabad.
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