Despite rising cases of COVID-19 in India, here’s why the IPL can continue on as planned.
Three Indian cricketers have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) – two, while under quarantine at their team hotel, and one at home.
In Mumbai, a member of Chennai Super Kings’ staff and ground staffers at the Wankhede Stadium, too, returned positive results, along with some members of the IPL’s event management team.
This comes at a time when Mumbai reported over 11,000 cases on Sunday. All while the state chief minister continues to sound warnings, that the city is on the brink of a strict lockdown.
The BCCI, though, is confident that the 10 matches scheduled for Mumbai, till 25 April, will go ahead as planned.
But then, the question does arise, what is the need for an IPL during such a time, when the country is in the middle of what is definitely the second wave of COVID-19. One that is probably even more dangerous than the first, with many variants and drastically rising number of cases every day.
The answer? For a minute, just forget about the big salaries drawn by the IPL players and the profits to be made by the BCCI and think of the ground staff across stadiums in India, who got minimal salaries after almost the entire last season of cricket was wiped out due to COVID, and the IPL went to the UAE.
Think about the umpires and statisticians and the scores of people who depend solely on cricket for their livelihood.
Why should their incomes be affected once again, when the rest of the country is back to work in full force?
And I say this because it is very important to also point out that everyone associated with the IPL, in fact, is possibly among the safest in the country with the bio-bubble created by the BCCI, following the most stringent testing and safety protocols.
Think of the bubble as a heavily guarded area, protected against the virus due to the strict protocols and rules in place.
Source: The Quint