The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly defended the board’s decision to stage the T20 tournament in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE Watch: Jos Buttler gifts his autographed gloves to young Anuj Rawat
The former India captain, while explaining it is difficult to contain the virus even inside a bio-secure environment, adduced the example of a virus penetrating the Premier League bubble and affecting football players in the England.
It has not been even a week since the Indian Premier League was postponed after 31 games. Ganguly reckons there was no breach of the bubble but he felt it is rather inexplicable where the error occurred.
“I don’t think so. The report we got is that there’s no breach of the bubble. How it happened is very difficult to say. How so many people are getting (infected) in the country is also very difficult to say,” Ganguly was quoted as saying.
The Four franchises, Kolkata Knight Riders, SunRisers Hyderabad, Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings, reported positive Covid cases within their camps due to which the, then ongoing,14th edition of the IPL was postponed indefinitely.
“Professional hands around the world can’t control it. When it was happening in England (second wave of the pandemic), there were cases in the English Premier League. Manchester City, Arsenal players got infected,” Ganguly said.
The former Indian skipper also cited that due to an inflexible schedule, it is a challenge for the board to reschedule games
“(Premier League) Matches got rescheduled. Because their season is six months long, they can do it. But our season is tight. Since we have to (release) players to their respective countries, rescheduling was very difficult,” Ganguly added.
However, as per reports they might find the September window to wrap up the remaining league matches.