The Plausible postpone of the ongoing 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has not been great news for Cricket fans but objectively an essential move for the sake of humanity. READ MORE Twitter Reactions: Cricket Community reacts on the indefinite suspension of IPL 2021 due to COVID-19
The BCCI, first rescheduled the RCB vs KKR game and today annouched that IPL will be postponed for 7 days. The Severity of the crisis immediately forced the authority to ban the ongoing edition indefinitely.
“UAE was always the first choice of the IPL GC for this year’s tournament. Even a week before the start of IPL, they asked BCCI to move the entire event to the UAE. Emirates Cricket Board was also put on immediate alert and they were willing to conduct IPL again even if BCCI decided to shift the tournament in such short notice.But nobody in the BCCI showed the urgency to take the step. The officials kept waiting for each other to make the first move and eventually the proposal was shot down,” as sources said.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah and treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal were also part of the IPL GC.
“The Board got an enormous confidence boost after conducting the Test, T20I and ODI series against England at three venues smoothly. The IPL, though, was a far bigger challenge with more teams, personnel and venues at play; but the BCCI felt that it had the infrastructure to pull it off. However, they couldn’t anticipate that the situation would worsen so much in the next 20-odd days from the start of IPL.” A BCCI source confirmed the development.
The Ongoing edition might be or might not take place after interval of months. The Global Pandemic has led this inevitable interruption to the mega league. Reportedly, the players are meant to be sent home as the further procedure would only hamper the progress.
An IPL franchise source said that they knew about the GC proposal.
“In hindsight, it should have been the right thing to do. The biggest flaw in this year’s IPL is the travel arrangements. In the UAE, we were travelling to and fro our bases and were cooped up in the same hotel. There was a routine. Here, we are changing cities, we don’t know whether the pilots and flight attendants have quarantined or not, the food quality on flights, etc. The caravan idea just doesn’t work,” the source said.
The ICC World Test Championship is scheduled on June 18 as India will clash New Zealand at Rose Bowl Stadium, Southampton.