It was chaos: Morris describes reactions at team hotel after IPL suspension
Rajasthan Royals (RR) all-rounder Chris Morris has described the chaotic environment at RR team hotel after the news of IPL 2021 suspension.
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 had been suspended indefinitely considering the COVID-19 outbreak inside the bio-bubbles of the franchises on Tuesday.
Morris narrated the situation in their team hotel after the news. He said that especially England players were panicking much as they would have to serve quarantine in hotels once they landed in their home country.
“The moment we heard that, when players are testing positive, inside the bubble, then everyone starts asking questions. The alarm bells definitely started going off for all of us. By Monday when they postponed that game (between KKR and RCB), we knew the tournament was under pressure to continue,” Morris told South African media – IOL.
“I was chatting to our team doctor, whose room was across the hallway from my mine in the hotel, and Kumar (Sangakkara) came around the corner, and drew his finger across his throat, and then we knew it was over. And then it was chaos,” he added.
“The England guys especially were panicking because they needed to isolate in hotels in England first, and apparently there weren’t any rooms,” Morris further said.
However, Morris praised RR team management which tackled the situation in a proper way. “The Royals’ management were brilliant, they had their fingers on the pulse, made everyone feel as comfortable as possible. I know poor Gerald [Gerald Coetzee] was panicking a bit, I mean he’s only 20 and all this is going on. I tried to keep him under my wing a bit and made sure he was ready when the 12.30 am pick-up came at the hotel. It was eerie, it was just a handful of us in that whole hotel at the time,” Morris concluded.
The Proteas all-rounder have already reached his home South Africa safely and currently serving his 10-day quarantine. Every franchise of IPL is arranging chartered flights to send their IPL-bound foreign players back home. 8 England cricketers and Bangladesh cricketers duo- Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman have also arrived in their country.