NEW DELHI: How did Covid get into the IPL, which has been successful in keeping players safe in the biosecurity bubble even when he was captured in the country? Although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL governing body have announced an inquiry, two preliminary findings have emerged.
There were no problems in the first quarter of the league matches between Chennai and Mumbai. 20 matches were played in those 2 venues. Covid was not so fierce at the time. The matches have been shifted to Delhi and Ahmedabad from April 26. Although the teams traveled on chartered flights, it was concluded that they were exposed to the virus during the voyage. Kovid was affected by the Bangalore and Delhi teams camping in Ahmedabad and the Hyderabad team in Delhi.
The finding is that none of the players deliberately violated the bio-bubble. However, Kolkata star Varun Chakraborty has reportedly undergone a scan at a private hospital for the cause of his shoulder pain. Authorities suspect Covid was caught in connection with the hospital trip.
So far 7 people, including 4 players in 4 teams, have been affected by Covid. Kolkata spinner Varun Chakraborty and pacer Sandeep Warrier were the first Covid positives. Covid later confirmed to Chennai team bowling coach L Balaji, CEO: Kashi Vishwanathan, and a bus employee accompanying the team. Covid was caught yesterday by Hyderabad wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and later by Delhi spinner Amit Mishra. It was after this that the BCCI and the IPL governing body held an emergency meeting and decided to suspend the IPL.
The IPL is scheduled for the final on May 30. The tournament is no longer likely to take place this month. With the India-New Zealand World Test Championship set to take place in England on June 18, the chances are slim next month. England and South Africa have series in July. India’s two-month tour of England begins in early August, but not at that time. Twenty20 World Cup in October and November. Only then can we think about the IPL.
BCCI loses Rs 2,000 crore
It is estimated that the BCCI will lose at least Rs 2,000 crore due to the suspension of the IPL. The brand value of the IPL is estimated at $ 6.8 billion. About Rs 50,180 crore. The BCCI and its teams earn crores of rupees every season through sponsorship and so on. The IPL is also a source of income for the players. Channel broadcasting is also making crores of rupees.
Among the foreign players in the IPL teams, Australians Adam Sampa, Kane Richardson, and Andrew Tye had earlier returned home due to fear of Kovid. But Australians Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Gayle from the Caribbean, Nicholas Puran, Dwayne Bravo, New Zealand stars, Trent Bolt, South Africa’s AB de Villiers There are still 57 foreign players in India, including Johnny Bairstow and others.
Michael Slater, IPL commentator and former Australia cricketer who left India for fear of Covid, has arrived in the Maldives. Slater had to travel to the Maldives because flights from India were canceled. After arriving there, Slater sharply criticized Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Slater criticized the move to ban people from India as “savage acts against their own citizens”. The Prime Minister replied that the proposal was aimed at preventing the 3rd wave. Those who stay in India for at least 14 days will face up to five years in prison and a fine if they enter Australia.
In view of the Covid situation in India, last season the IPL was held at various venues in the UAE. Despite the loss of ticket revenue, the BCCI had made a profit last season. There are reports that the IPL governing body has recommended that the IPL be held in the UAE this season in view of the possibility of a second Covid wave in India. However, the BCCI did not agree. It was decided to hold the bio-bubble system at 5 venues (Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad) with strict restrictions.
With the IPL coming to a halt, concerns have been raised about India’s hosting of the Twenty20 World Cup in October. The BCCI had last week designated the UAE as a reserve venue.
The world’s first major sporting event was abandoned in 1919 due to an epidemic; Stanley Cup Ice Hockey Final. The tournament, which began on March 19, 1919, was marked by fever. The Stanley Cup is the most traditional professional ice hockey tournament in North America. A number of matches were postponed or canceled last year due to Kovid. The Tokyo Olympics are important. It has been reiterated that the Olympics will be held on July 23 this year, but concerns remain.