Ravichandran Ashwin including three Australians Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals) and the duo of Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa (both Royal Challengers Bangalore) have pulled out their names from the ongoing season of VIVO IPL 2021 citing the rise of COVID-19 as the reason behind it. Delhi Capitals’ primary spinner Ashwin took Twitter to confirm his exit from the cash-rich tournament.
IPL 2021: What does the future hold for the tournament?
Ashwin said that he wants to be with his family during the difficult COVID-19 period. Tye, Richardson and Zampa want to return to their country before Australia announces a lockdown. The main question which arises after the recent turn of events is that “Will BCCI cancel the ongoing IPL season?” The answer is ‘No’ for now. IPL is scheduled to continue as it was planned before. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly previously said 2021 going ahead as per schedule.
However, the board will be forced to cancel or suspend the league if the cases of Coronavirus rises in the country and if it reaches the players. More international players, especially the Australians, might leave for their country looking at the current COVID-19 situation in India. If that happens, then the BCCI will have no option left but to push the league forward. A large part of Netizens is criticizing the cash-rich league on Twitter and other social media platforms. However, IPL remains the prime source of entertainment for the millions of Indians who are locked inside their homes.