IPL 2021: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly says no change in plan, ‘IPL to go on as scheduled’

IPL 2021: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly declares no change in plan, ' Indian Premier League to go on as scheduled'
IPL 2021: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly declares no change in plan, ' Indian Premier League to go on as scheduled'

IPL 2021 – BCCI President’s Big Declaration: The entire country is engulfed with Covid-19 inflicted pain and misery but the BCCI hierarchy is completely oblivious of the situation. Despite pull-out by 4 players on Monday, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly & other high-ups have declared that IPL 2021 will be held as scheduled. 

“So far, it’s going on as scheduled,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president told Sportstar on Monday.

InsideSport.co reached out to various BCCI officials on Monday. All of them agreed that situation is very grim but for now they are continuing with IPL 2021 as planned earlier. 
 
“All of us are seeing, discussing with each other. We completely understand that the situation is grim. BCCI like any other organization is completely with the people of country in these difficult times. But we have a job to do and also have a responsibility towards our cricketers and the sport. We are trying to do that job to the best of our abilities. Please understand that IPL also brings in lot of joy for the entire country. We will continue the league as of now”, declared one of the top BCCI official via SMS to InsideSport.
 
IPL 2021 – Chennai Super Kings to InsideSport, we are coming to Delhi tonite
 
On Monday morning Ravichandran Ashwin announced that he is taking a break from the tournament to be with his family. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s overseas recruits – Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa – withdrew from the tournament to fly back to Australia. Rajasthan Royals’ Andrew Tye – who also pulled out of the league – said that he feared getting locked out of his own country owing to mounting quarantine cases from India in his hometown Perth.
 
All of this led to huge panic among various franchise officials on Monday morning. 
 
In the midst of all these development, franchises although a little vary, are ready to travel to Delhi and other cities for their upcoming IPL 2021 fixtures.
 

Chennai Super Kings(CSK), who thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday to take the top position in IPL 2021 points table, will now begin their second leg in Delhi. CSK will be leaving for Delhi today (Monday).

CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan said: “We haven’t heard anything from BCCI about any cancellation or postponement of IPL yet. There is no tension amongst the CSK players as everybody is in a positive mood. We will leave for Delhi today,” he informed InsideSport.co

The national capital is one of the worst-hit states by the second wave of the pandemic. Delhi has recorded 22,933 fresh cases and 350 deaths in the last 24 hours.

“As of now, IPL is going ahead. Obviously, if anyone wants to leave, that’s perfectly fine,” a senior Board official said on conditions of anonymity told PTI.

IPL 2021: DDCA and BCCI all set to host IPL in Delhi

The Arun Jaitley Stadium has been sealed for outsiders amid total lockdown in Delhi. Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) said that the “Game is On” for staging the 2nd leg of IPL starting from April 28 when CSK take on Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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“The Game is On. The 2nd leg of IPL will be held as per schedule in Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium. The lockdown will actually help us in carrying out our job more smoothly. We are ready to hold the 2nd leg amid tight bubbles. No one need to worry. The cases outside will not affect the players, support staff and IPL will be held smoothly,” a DDCA official told InsideSport.

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