Amidst the pandemic going on in the country, the IPL was the only source of entertainment to feel still humane most of the time. But the match now stands postponed making the people unhappy all over again. The COVID situation has not left even the players to play in peace.
According to the news from the Indian Express, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have been tested positive for COVID, and Pat Cummins is sick too and has isolated himself. The entire IPL is under question right now, and the BCCI has stopped the IPL because of the number of COVID cases recorded each day and several players getting positive COVID reports.
BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla was emphatic that #IPL2021 will resume once the Covid-19 situation improves in India.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 4, 2021
Precautions before and after the positive cases:
The IPL was conducted with absolute precautions this year. The authority performed extra precautionary tests to note down any changes in the health of the players. The players have been playing under bio-security measures and staying in safe zones too. But all these could not save them.
The entire team of the KKR is now under isolation, and routine testing has is ordered to track down any difference in all players’ health conditions. Also, the BCCI has asked the other teams: DC, RR, PBKS, and CSK, to self-isolate themselves for having played with KKR over the last 14 days. Let us keep an eye on the matters to learn about any further movement of events.
Things worrying the BCCI:
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) May 5, 2021
The IPL finals have already been scheduled for 30th April 2021. After the finals, all the players are supposed to return to the duties of their countries. If they postpone the matches, there will be an expansion in the time too. That would be a wrong decision for the players who are supposed to practice with their respective teams of their respective countries.
Even the ITC World Test Championships (WTC) had previously been a hot topic of discussion due to the second wave of the pandemic in India. It has been scheduled to be played in Southampton from 18th June to 22nd June 2021. The teams might require at least 15 days to prepare for the match, and so, there needs to be at least 15 days gap between the IPL and the test match.
In that case, if the dates of the IPL get extended, it would mean sacrificing the country’s chances of a win by decreasing the amount of time and days required for their preparation. Thus, there’s presently a lot for the BCCI to decide.
Till then, let us hope that the ones who were entertaining us so far get well soon, and all of the players get to return to their respective countries (whenever it is) safe and healthy.