IPL 2021 suspended: With two more cricketers testing positive for COVID-19 inside IPL’s ‘full proof’ bio-bubble, BCCI decided to suspend IPL 2021 with immediate effect. On Tuesday, Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for the virus forcing the BCCI and IPL Governing Council to take a call on the tournament’s fate. However, Kirti Azad said, with the situation worsening in Delhi, the BCCI should have taken a call earlier as staff members of DDCA had tested positive as early as April 28. He further said that in the current situation, the IPL should be scrapped completely.
“I don’t think IPL should continue. When I was asked this earlier after the England series, I said it was fine because players were already in bio-bubbles in India and in Australia and before that in Dubai. But I suppose that the security wasn’t as tight as it should be. Secondly, Corona is an airborne disease and it breached the defence of the teams. I’m sure the best interest of the people should be to postpone. You cannot really carry it on in this situation. Even if you postpone it, it is as good as cancelled,” said Kirti Azad, who had played 7 Test and 25 ODI matches for India.
IPL 2021 suspended: Kirti Azad further added that despite BCCI promising strict restrictions inside the IPL’s bio-bubble, the security was lax. Otherwise, so many players wouldn’t have tested positive for COVID-19.
“If the security wasn’t lax how could KKR players, CSK staff members, SRH and DC player, and DDCA staff test positive. It’s not Dubai where the rules are very strict. Here, hotel staffs keep coming in to serve tea,” Kirti Azad said.
“It is a really sad state of affairs. You are having IPL, shahi snan (royal bathing), election rallies that too when the second wave is supposed to be more dangerous than the first. BCCI and the government are more interested in earning money and forming a government than thinking about the safety of people. BCCI keeps diverting resources to the bio-bubble even though they haven’t been able to ensure their safety,” Kirti Azad, the 1983 World Cup winner further added.
IPL 2021 suspended: DDCA, BCCI knew about rising COVID-19 cases and still went ahead with IPL
Meanwhile, the former all-rounder further took the case of DDCA for neglecting the rise in COVID-19 cases in Delhi and going ahead hosting the IPL matches. On Monday, 5 DDCA groundsmen tested positive for COVID-19 and they were present in the match between RR and SRH. But Rohan Jaitley, DDCA President, said they were not on duty for the match. However, with Wriddhiman Saha testing positive for the virus on Tuesday, it is difficult to deny that he did not get the virus from the infected groundsmen. It is learnt that a groundsman who was part of one of the IPL matches last week had succumbed to Covid-19.
“It’s strange that Rohan (Jaitley) is saying that nothing has happened when his own legal team had asked for a postponement for COVID-19 cases in DDCA. We know a few of the officials in DDCA could not appear before the ombudsman for a case that I put across saying that some of them had tested positive for COVID-19. The meeting was scheduled for April 28 and had to be postponed. If they knew, I don’t know how did they allow IPL in Delhi,” Kirti Azad said.