IPL 2021 – Will England players leave IPL and ‘fly back’ – Amid rising Covid-19 cases in India, pressure is increasing on England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to bring their Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) players home. With Covid situation in India getting grim by the day, ECB is extremely concerned about well-being of their players. According to reports in UK media, ‘pressure on ECB is mounting big time to fly-back players from India’.
On Monday 3 Australian players Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa & Andrew Tye decided to withdraw from the IPL 2021 and speculation is rife that some of the worried England players can do the same.
The UK Government has already categorized India in Red-List and according to a report by The Daily Mail, ECB is in constant touch with their players. The English board for now has left the decision on the 11 England players to decide whether to stay or return from IPL 2021.
An ECB spokesperson told Sportsmail, “It is a delicate situation for the ECB, who are due to host both the India men’s and women’s teams this summer and are also desperate to recruit Indian players for their new Hundred competition, if not this season then next.”
“But the governing body have a duty of care to their players, even if they are not all on full central contracts, and nervousness is clearly growing about the situation in what is now the world’s worst-affected country by Covid-19.”
According to another report in British Media, the ECB under pressure from the local Government & Counties can anytime ask the players to comeback from the world’s most lucrative league.
IPL 2021: ECB under tremendous pressure to ‘fly back’ players, BCCI says IPL 2021 will continue as scheduled
The IPL is carrying on against the backdrop of India’s Covid emergency, with daily infections topping 350,000 and reports of oxygen shortages and hospitals unable to cope. Many star players like R Ashwin, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa pulled out of the league due to the COVID-19 surge.
11 players from England are currently participating in IPL 2021 that includes Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Chris Woakes, Sam Billings, Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan. According to sources, most of them are very concerned about the situation – but none of them for now is thinking about pulling out of IPL 2021. Though Ben Stokes has returned to England having broken a finger in his first game of this year’s IPL for Rajasthan, while Liam Livingstone also left the Royals, citing bubble fatigue. Jofra Archer was ruled out to concentrate on regaining full fitness with Sussex after elbow and finger problems rather than quarantine and play in India.
Meanwhile, BCCI has declared that despite of the grim situation in the country, IPL 2021 will continue as scheduled.
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.