Travelling may have let in the coronavirus in bio-bubbles: Ganguly
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League got off to a sensational start as all eight teams fought a good fight amongst themselves to come out on top. Delhi Capitals are on top of the points table with 6 wins and 2 defeats. They secured 12 points to their credit.
Chennai Super Kings follow next on the table with 10 points as they won 5 games and lost twice this season. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians take third and fourth place with 10 and 8 points respectively.
Although the second wave of coronavirus hit India and with virus surge across the country, the IPL 2021 was still hosted as per the schedule. Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly said the tournament will go as per the schedule.
However, things took a turn when the players contracted the virus in the bubble. As many as four players tested positive for the virus namely Amit Mishra, Varun Chakravarthy, Wriddhiman Saha and Sandeep Warrier.
Due to a sudden spike inside the bubble, the BCCI decided to postpone the tournament indefinitely. As per the reports, the Indian cricket body is looking at the September window to resume the tournament.
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly conceded that travelling might have let the virus breach the bubble because the teams played in six different venues and the players had to travel from one place to the other.
“I really don’t know what led to this situation inside the bio-security bubble. We will have to do a post-mortem and look into the reasons behind this. But travelling could have been an issue. Last year in the UAE, everything was restricted to three venues and within a limited area.
There was no air travel involved. Here, we had six different venues,” Sourav Ganguly said in an interaction with The Telegraph
The BCCI President also raised concerns on the ongoing COVID-19 situation in the country, saying: “You also have to look at the situation around the country. The way the number of people are getting affected on a daily basis is total madness. No one knows what is going to happen tomorrow. Things have gone out of control for everyone.”
“The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season with immediate effect,” the IPL posted the development on their official Twitter handle.