The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended the ongoing season of the VIVO Indian Premier League amid the increasing COVID-19 cases in the bio-bubble. Several players including the likes of Wriddhiman Saha, Amit Mishra and Varun Chakravarthy got tested positive for the disease. On Tuesday, BCCI were forced to call the cash-rich tournament off. All the players will return to their respective countries soon. BCCI are yet to announced the return date of the tournament but Nasser Hussain said that IPL 2021 Should be Called Off
IPL 2021: Nasser Hussain Speaks About The Suspension Of The League
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain stated that BCCI had no other option but to cancel the league. Hussain added that players are not stupid to not suspect the mayhem which has been caused in India due to Coronavirus. He also insisted on the fact that the players might have become uncomfortable with everything going around in the country.
“There was no option other than to call off the Indian Premier League. Not after the bio-secure bubbles had been breached in so many places. Enough was enough. This has become far bigger than a game of cricket. The players are not stupid nor insensitive. They would have been fully aware of what has been going on in India.”
“They would have seen on their TVs people pleading for hospital beds and oxygen. They would have seen unused ambulances waiting outside cricket grounds and wondered whether it was right for them to carry on playing. And they would have been uncomfortable,” wrote Hussain in his column for the Daily Mail.
“It has been unedifying at times watching this tournament when people are dying just up the road from there. I won’t criticize the players, but it had to be called off. The mistake was made in having the tournament in India in the first place. Six months ago, they held an IPL in the United Arab Emirates and it went brilliantly.