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India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)
India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)
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Wriddhiman Saha Tests Covid-19 Positive Second Time Despite Being In Isolation

Wriddhiman Saha, India, and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper tested positive for Coronavirus for the second time. As per a report on Anandabazar Patrika, Wriddhiman Saha – who had recovered – has contracted the novel virus again despite staying in isolation for two weeks.

Unlike last time – this time around – the Sunrisers Hyderabad cricketer has no symptoms of body ache, fever, or cough. In a previous interview with the same publication, Wriddhiman Saha had stated that he has recovered.

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Wriddhiman Saha Was Scared After Testing Covid-19 Positive

Wriddhiman Saha, who is in isolation in Delhi will continue staying there. The report suggests that he will undergo another round of testing and if he tests negative, doctors might consider releasing him from quarantine by Monday.  He had earlier revealed that he was scared after having tested positive for Coronavirus.

“I was certainly scared. A virus that has brought the Earth to a standstill, after being infected by it, I was bound to feel scared. Everyone in the family was very worried. We reassured them through video calls that there is no reason to be afraid. I am being taken care of enough,” Wriddhiman Saha had said in an interview with Anandabazar Patrika.

IPL Trophy.
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

“I felt tired after finishing the practice on the first day of May. I felt cold. Cold & mild cough. I informed the team doctor that day. Arrangements were made for me to stay in seclusion without any risk. Covid test was taken on the same day,” he added.

Meanwhile, with India reeling under the second wave of Covid – the IPL 2021 season has been suspended indefinitely. Reports suggest that BCCI is looking to conduct the remaining 31 matches in the September window. There is no confirmation on this as yet, while BCCI has made it clear that the remainder of the tournament will not take place in India.

Wriddhiman Saha Was Selected In 20 Member Test Squad For WTC Final And England Tests Subject To Fitness

The wicketkeeper-batsman was tested positive for the virus last week on the same day the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was suspended by the BCCI and IPL Governing Council. Wriddhiman Saha had tested positive for the virus hours before his side’s match versus Mumbai Indians.

A day before, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier (both KKR) had also tested positive, forcing the postponement of the 30th league match of the season between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The 14th edition was finally suspended altogether after Wriddhiman Saha’s case popped up. Later on the same day, Delhi Capitals (DC) veteran Amit Mishra had also returned a positive result.

Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)

The keeper, who played 2 matches for SRH in the season, has said that he tested negative twice despite showing all the Covid-19 symptoms. It was only in the third test that the 36-year-old returned a positive result. The veteran keeper has been named in India’s 20-man squad for England tour but whether he will board the flight depends on the mandatory fitness test which he will have to pass to get the final nod.

Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
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Everyone Thought IPL 2021 Going On Was Positive As Watching It On TV Offered Distraction To Covid-19, Says Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) fast bowler, who flew to the Maldives after the suspension of IPL 2021, explained why everyone believed continuing the tournament was a good thing at that time.

Despite the covid-19 crisis in India deepening in the past few weeks, the Indian Premier League 2021 continued in the country for the entire month of April, inciting a debate. While some were of the view that the tournament should be halted keeping the things happening in the country, others felt that it should continue as it gave the people of India under lockdown a much-needed mode of distraction.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

Pat Cummins Never Felt Unsafe In India As Everyone Thought IPL 2021 Going On Was Positive

Unfortunately, as May rolled on, the covid entered IPL’s bio-bubble and with several players(Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, Amit Mishra, and Wriddhiman Saha) testing positive for the virus, the BCCI and IPL’s governing council decided mutually to suspend the tournament with immediate effect.

Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)

Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler Pat Cummins, who flew to the Maldives after the tournament’s suspension, gave his insights on the above-mentioned debate and explained why everyone believed continuing the tournament was a good thing at the time.

“Seeing the media from back home, it [India’s pandemic] is huge news, and rightly so given what India is going through, but I’ve never felt unsafe here,” Cummins was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

“I’ve felt quite helpless and quite detached from it all being kept in comfortable hotels,” he said.

“We were playing games and training as every other year. It just felt that I should be doing more for the people around us.The first thing I wanted to do was make sure playing the IPL was the right call. Speaking to people back home, some had the view that it didn’t see right cricket was going on over here in amongst all the COVID cases,” he added.

“But the response I was getting from people in India was the opposite. They all said that with so many people in a lockdown they really appreciate the fact that for three or four hours each night they can watch the IPL.”

“It gives people a routine, it helps to keep them in homes. Everyone thought it was a positive the IPL was still going on. I wondered what could I do? India has been so good to me for so long as a player.

“The people are amazing. I wanted to try and help out and give back a little bit. The IPL in the UAE last year was brilliant, it was really well run, but millions of people were saying it should have been played in India, so what do you do? You can see both sides. They set up this tournament with all the best advice,” he signed off.

Earlier, Pat Cummins wanted IPL 2021 to continue as he feels ending the tournament is not a solution. But IPL 2021 was suspended on Tuesday (May 04) after a string of fresh COVID-19 cases were reported across the bio-bubbles of four teams. A total of 4 players tested positive along with support staff at the CSK.

The BCCI hosted the entire edition of the IPL 2020 (last season) in the Middle East (UAE), across three venues – Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai – which could serve as a potential venue of ‘IPL 2021 2nd phase’ this year as well.

Pat Cummins Donated $50,000 To Help India Fight Covid-19

Pat Cummins recently donated $50,000 to help India fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Later he issued a clarification from his official Twitter handle that he had decided to donate $50,000 to UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal and not to PM Cares fund.

File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters

While fans thanked the young Australian for his consideration and empathy towards the country, many told him that he should not have donated to the PM CARES program and that he would have been better off giving the money to some of the other NGOs instead.

Chennai Super Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)
Chennai Super Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Chennai Super Kings Have Flown Their Covid-19 Positive Coaches To Chennai

Chennai Super Kings have flown their coaches Michael Hussey and Laxmipathy Balaji to Chennai from Delhi. The duo tested positive for COVID-19 a few days back.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was one of the four franchises hit by the second wave of COVID-19 earlier this week as a total of 4 cases were reported from their camp. On Monday (May 3), CSK’s bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, their CEO Kasi Viswanathan and one of the members of their camp tested positive for the infection. Kasi Viswanathan tested negative in the second round of testing.

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings. Image Credits: Twitter

Chennai Super Kings Decided To Bring Michael Hussey And Laxmipathy Balaji To Chennai By An Air Ambulance

A day later, it was confirmed that Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey has also contracted the virus. The sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in different camps led to the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

CSK batting coach Mike Hussey (L), Bowling coach L Balaji (R)(HT Collage)
CSK batting coach Mike Hussey (L), Bowling coach L Balaji (R)(HT Collage)

The BCCI and IPL franchises are doing their bit possible for the safe return of the players back to their countries. Those franchises hit by COVID-19 have an extra responsibility to take care of their members who have contracted the virus. As per PTI, CSK has flown their coaches to Chennai by air ambulance.

Speaking to PTI, an official confirmed the update and said: “We decided to bring Hussey and Balaji to Chennai by an air ambulance as we have better contacts here and wanted to ensure better medical facilities in case of any need.”

As per the protocols laid down by BCCI, the positive COVID-19 members can only leave for their homes after they recover from the infection. It means an extended stay for Michael Hussey in India.

Michael Hussey Is In Chennai While Other Australians Have Flown To The Maldives

The former Australian batsman is now in Chennai while the other members of the Australian contingent have flown to the Maldives. They will land there soon. The update was confirmed by Cricket Australia, who also announced that they haven’t sought an exemption from the Australian government. Australia has banned direct and indirect flights from India till May 15.

 Delhi Capitals veteran Amit Mishra tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday (BCCI Image)
Delhi Capitals veteran Amit Mishra tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday (BCCI Image)

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Delhi Capitals (DC), and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are other franchises hit by COVID-19. SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for the infection while DC’s Amit Mishra is COVID-19 positive. KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier are also in isolation after testing positive for the infection.

Chennai Super Kings decided not to play Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday after several members tested Covid-19 positive. It is the second match to be rescheduled after Monday’s game between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kolkata Knight Riders was also postponed.

Nitish Rana , AFP
Nitish Rana , AFP
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Complete List Of Players Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 In IPL 2021

The IPL 2021 had to be unfortunately suspended in the midway of the tournament by the Board of Control Cricket in India (BCCI) concerning the health of the players in the bio-bubble. This comes as a result after a few of the players and support staff inside the bio bubble started to test positive.

With the situation in the country not getting any better, it was due for the tournament to be suspended and it was the right call too. This puts a major risk in the T20 World Cup being hosted in India in October this year and BCCI has already discussed the backup venues. Here is the complete list of players who tested positive for COVID-19 in IPL 2021.

List Of Players Who Tested Positive For COVID-19:

Nitish Rana:

Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2021
Nitish Rana[photo: Twitter]
The left-hander Nitish Rana tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the start of the IPL and he was isolated and undergoing quarantine. After a week’s time, he returned a negative Covid test report, and he had to go an extended 12-day quarantine before rejoining the Kolkata Knight Riders net sessions. Rana had a tremendous start to the season scoring 201 runs in 7 games for the franchise but faded off in the middle.

Anirch Nortje:

Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje (Image Credit: Twitter)

The South African speedster Anrich Nortje returned to the Delhi Capitals squad from the Pakistan tour and he tested positive for Covid-19. He had to undergo seven days of mandatory quarantine and before it ended, he tested negative which was good signs for the Delhi side. However, he did not get his opportunity in the side despite recovering and the Indian pacers on the Delhi side were so good that Nortje wasn’t needed.

Devdutt Padikkal:

Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2021
Devdutt Padikkal (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal tested positive for Covid-19 on March 22 and he had to undergo quarantine at home in Bengaluru. After the quarantine ended, he tested negative and returned to the RCB squad right away. He missed the first game as Kohli wanted him to get completely fit and he played six games for 195 runs this season with his marvellous first IPL century coming against the Rajasthan Royals.

Axar Patel:

Delhi Capitals, IPL 2021
Axar Patel[photo: Twitter]
The all-rounder Axar Patel, who is a key part of the Delhi franchise tested positive for Covid-19 and he was sent into quarantine in a Mumbai hotel. He had to miss the first four games this IPL on account of the virus and returned to the squad after testing negative. He played four games and picked up six wickets and also he bowled a brilliant super over giving away just 7 runs that won the game for the Sunrisers.

Daniel Sams:

Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2021
Daniel Sams[photo: Twitter]
Another all-rounder in the Royal Challenger Bangalore lineup, Daniel Sams arrived from Australia and returned a negative test at the start on April 3. However, on April 7, he tested positive and had to undergo isolation. After testing negative again, he returned to the squad and played two games this IPL picking up one wicket and he was very economical too.

Varun Chakravarthy:

Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2021
Varun Chakravarthy[photo: Twitter]
Varun Chakravarthy was one among the two members of the KKR side that surprisingly tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the RCB game on Monday, and BCCI had to postpone the game due to it. He was isolated after testing positive and he was one of the better bowlers for KKR this season. He picked up 7 wickets in 7 games this IPL season and was economical most of the time.

Sandeep Warrier:

Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2021
Sandeep Warrier[photo: Twitter]
Sandeep Warrier who was waiting for his opportunity in the playing XI for the most part of the tournament also tested positive alongside Varun Chakravarthy on Monday. Sandeep Warrier had a good domestic season in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and he has played 4 IPL games in the past taking 2 wickets at an economy rate of 7.93.

Wriddhiman Saha:

Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2021
Wriddhiman Saha[photo: Twitter]
The wicket-keeper batsmen Wriddhiman Saha tested positive on Tuesday ahead of the clash against the Mumbai Indians and the whole team went into isolation post the result. The match against Mumbai was also postponed after the Covid-19 result. Saha who played the first two games for Sunrisers scored just 8 runs with the bat at the top of the order. A lot was expected of him after the way he played last year but he couldn’t repeat the heroics.

Amit Mishra:

Delhi Capitals, IPL 2021
Amit Mishra[photo: Twitter]
The veteran leg spinner Amit Mishra who missed the last few games due to an injury scare tested positive for Covid-19, and the Delhi team was isolated. It also meant that BCCI had to suspend the tournament at the midway as the cases started rising inside the bio bubble.

Mishra delivered whenever the team needed him to and he showed that he still has the hunger in him to take wickets. He picked up 6 wickets in the 4 games he played this IPL season.

Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor V.V.S. Laxman said his side needs characters like Wriddhiman Saha, who is making a comeback following an injury lay-off. - FILE PHOTO/ AKHILESH KUMAR
Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor V.V.S. Laxman said his side needs characters like Wriddhiman Saha, who is making a comeback following an injury lay-off. - FILE PHOTO/ AKHILESH KUMAR
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IPL 2021: VVS Laxman Admitted Being Surprised By Wridhiman Saha’s Covid-19 Positive Report

VVS Laxman, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor admitted being surprised by Wridhiman Saha’s Covid-positive report as he wondered how the virus can breach even the most structured bubbles.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha was slated to play the match against Mumbai Indians on May 04 before fresh Covid-positive cases forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to suspend the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 matches with immediate effect. SRH mentor, VVS Laxman, still has no clue as to how the virus got into the team.

India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)
India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)

VVS Laxman Admitted Having Learned A Lesson That Even The Most Structured Bio Bubbles Can Be Breached By The Deadly Virus

Until the start of this week, the IPL Season 14 had gone nearly flawless. The Mumbai and Chennai legs of the tournament concluded without many hiccups while the Delhi and Ahmedabad legs were looking promising. Yet, there seems to have been multiple breaches in the franchises’ bio-bubbles that resulted in people from four different team getting infected.

In his column for the Times of India, VVS Laxman admitted having learned a huge lesson about the virus, that it can break even the most structured of bubbles if the guard is let down even for a split second.

“That even carefully structured bubbles can be breached is another lesson in our battle against the coronavirus — to never let our guard down, even for a millisecond,” Laxman wrote in TOI. 

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“We had full confidence in the protocols that had been put in place even when we moved from one city to another, but once we learned of the positive tests in the Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) camp, our apprehensions mounted,” he added.

As the news of players in the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and support staff in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) camps contracting the virus broke, the anxiety levels in the Sunrisers Hyderabad camp also shot up considering they had recently played against the Super Kings.

“We [SRH] had just finished a match against CSK and several of us caught up with old friends, so there was understandable anxiety and unrest until the test results were out.”

However, it’s still not clear how Wriddhiman Saha of SRH tested Covid-19 positive. Two earlier matches had already been postponed due to positive cases in the KKR (Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier) and CSK (Laxmipathy Balaji – later Michael Hussey) camps. Once Wriddhiman Saha and Amit Mishra tested positive, the BCCI had no option but to suspend the league for now and send the team contingents back home.

VVS Laxman Wished Wriddhiman Saha To Recover From Covid-19

With SRH deciding to drop David Warner in a bid to add more stability to the team with an all-rounder, Wriddhiman Saha was supposed to open alongside Jonny Bairstow against Rajasthan Royals. The Bengal-born wicket-keeper, however, was feeling under the weather and later his positive covid test result saw the entire league getting suspended.

Still wondering how Wriddhiman Saha got it: VVS Laxman
Still wondering how Wriddhiman Saha got it: VVS Laxman | BCCI/IPL/ANI

“I wish Wriddhiman Saha a full and speedy recovery. Wriddhiman Saha was slated to play Sunday’s match against Rajasthan Royals but felt a little under the weather on Saturday night. We immediately placed him in isolation and, despite our prayers, he returned a positive test,” wrote Laxman. 

As far as the SRH camp is concerned, they still have no idea as to how Wriddhiman Saha contracted the virus.

“We are still wondering how, despite taking all precautions, Wriddhi got infected.”

Amit Mishra, Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakravarthy, and Wriddhiman Saha contracted the virus which led to the IPL 2021 being suspended indefinitely.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Virat Kohli Starts Working For Covid-19 Relief After BCCI Suspends IPL 2021

Virat Kohli has started working for the COVID relief after BCCI suspended the IPL 2021 due to the multiple coronavirus cases arising in the tournament’s bio-bubble.

Wasting no time to extend help to the needy people of the financial capital after the postponement of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Team India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli has started working for India’s COVID-19 relief amid the deadly surge of novel coronavirus which has claimed lives of thousands. Time after time, the skipper has supported the initiatives and measures to spearhead India’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli, RCB

Virat Kohli Resumed Working For The Covid-19 Relief Following Indefinite Suspension Of The IPL 2021

On Tuesday, Virat Kohli was spotted holding a dialogue with Yuva Sena member Rahul N Kanal about the incredible movement he has started to support the pandemic relief efforts amid these unprecedented times. Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Rahul N Kanal shared a couple of photos to reveal that the skipper has resumed working for the COVID relief following the indefinite suspension of the IPL 2021 in Mumbai.

“Meeting our Captain…Respect and love for the movement he has started working on for COVID relief… No words just Respect and Prayers for all his efforts !!! @imVkohli,” Kanal captioned his post on the microblogging site.

The RCB skipper met Yuva Sena member Rahul N Kanal after arriving in Mumbai on Wednesday and joined hands with Yuva Sena to help the people in whatever way they can during the difficult times.
The RCB skipper met Yuva Sena member Rahul N Kanal. Photo Credit: Twitter.

Sporting a casual look, Virat Kohli was seen maintaining social distancing during his meeting with a member of the education committee in Mumbai. The unseen photos of the Indian skipper a day after the postponement of the IPL 2021 soon became the talk of the town.

Virat Kohli’s RCB Was Placed 3rd But BCCI Postponed IPL 2021 After Amit Mishra And Wriddhiman Saha Tested Positive

Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the modern era of the gentlemen’s game, Virat Kohli was leading three-time runners-up RCB in the 14th season of the IPL before the tournament was called off due to multiple COVID-19 cases in the bio-bubble. Under his able leadership, RCB was gunning for its maiden title in the 2021 edition of the cash-rich league.

File photos of Delhi Capitals' Amit Mishra (left) with SRH's Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source : IPLT20.COM
File photos of Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra (left) with SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source: IPLT20.COM

The Virat Kohli-led RCB made an impressive start to their campaign by winning the first three matches of the new season. RCB was placed third in the IPL 2021 standings when the IPL governing council and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) opted to suspend the cash-rich league.

The BCCI has postponed the IPL 2021 after Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals (DC) spinner Amit Mishra tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Virat Kohli became the first and only cricketer to get to 6000 runs in the IPL, a feat that impressed a lot of former and current cricketers. The 32-year-old, who had played his first IPL match against KKR in 2008, extended his all-time run-scoring record over other batsmen in the cash-rich league by getting to 6076 runs in 199 matches. He has five hundred and 40 fifties beside his name. In IPL 2021, he had scored 198 runs in 7 games averaging 33.

Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia. - PTI
Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia. - PTI
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Ness Wadia Backed BCCI’s Decision To Host IPL 2021 In India

Ness Wadia, Punjab Kings (PBKS) co-owner on Tuesday backed the BCCI’s decision to host IPL-14 in India amid the COVID-19 threat, saying that was the “right call” before the situation deteriorated quickly.

The Indian Premier League 2021 was on Tuesday suspended indefinitely after multiple COVID-19 cases were reported in its bio-bubble, ending a month-long relatively smooth run for cricket’s most glamorous event in the middle of a raging pandemic.

Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia Image Source : IPLT20.COM
Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia Image Source: IPLT20.COM

Ness Wadia: Best Decision Taken To Suspend IPL 2021 But Defends Decision To Held IPL 2021 In India Before Conditions Deteriorated

Ness Wadia welcomed the decision to suspend the league for the time being.

“Best decision has been taken given the circumstances. A lot of people are suffering in India,” Wadia told PTI.

As far as hosting the event was concerned in the first place, he said, “Due diligence was done before the IPL but no one is perfect. The right call was taken to hold it in India ahead of the World Cup it is just unfortunate that the situation deteriorated so quickly.”

Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)

The decision to postpone the league was announced after SunRisers Hyderabad batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra joined the infected players’ list, which already had Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier. Chennai Super Kings’ bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji was among the prominent non-playing staff to test positive.

Wadia added, “If the ground staff wasn’t part of the whole bubble then that needs to be fixed. Also cutting down the venues also need to be considered forward to reduce the risk.”

The league organizers also issued a formal statement postponing the IPL 2021 and said that the safety of its players and staff is paramount. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended by The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Tuesday, due to at least six covid-19 cases in 4 franchises.

Ness Wadia: Holding IPL 2021 In UAE Won’t Have Made A Difference

He said holding the league in UAE, which hosted it last year due to the pandemic back home, would not have made any difference. The BCCI successfully staged the IPL 2020 across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah in UAE and while there were certain Covid cases reported there as well, the tournament went on smoothly without much hassle.

“I don’t think this has got anything to do in a specific country (India or UAE) would have made a difference. Everyone tried their best sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.”

Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson pulled out of IPL 14 while Andrew Tye decided to leave midway | Twitter
Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson pulled out of IPL 14 while Andrew Tye decided to leave midway | Twitter

Speaking of criticism by foreign players such as Australia’s Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye, who had flown back to their country after withdrawing midway from the league, Ness Wadia pointed out that the situation was very different when the tournament started.

“Hats off to the Indian players who have been playing non-stop in bubbles and not complained unlike some of the foreign players.With due respect to the international cricketers including Zampa, the situation was very different a month ago.

“They should study the fact that cases were very less when we started before commenting on it. It happened during the Australia Open they shut the city down when it was happening. People didn’t complain then, why now,” Ness Wadia asked.

Apart from umpire Nitin Menon and Delhi Capitals’ spin all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, three Australians Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals), Kane Richardson, and Adam Zampa (both Royal Challengers Bangalore) left earlier midway in the tournament due to rising Covid-19 cases and fearing future travel bans.

Azhar Mahmood © IANS
Azhar Mahmood © IANS
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It’s Sad To See Another Big Tournament IPL 2021 Affected: Azhar Mahmood

Azhar Mahmood on Tuesday took to social media Twitter and stated that the coronavirus pandemic has led to several challenges across the globe and it was sad to see another big tournament getting affected.

Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood on Tuesday expressed his disappointment over the postponement of the IPL 2021. The Board of Control for Cricket in India and the IPL Governing Council took a unanimous decision to suspend the tournament indefinitely after a rise of Covid-19 cases in the tournament’s bio bubble.

Azhar Mahmood
Azhar Mahmood. Image- ICC.

Azhar Mahmood: It’s Sad To See Another Big Tournament Affected But It’s The Right Decision By BCCI

Azhar Mahmood on Tuesday took to Twitter and stated that he was sad to see another tournament getting affected by the coronavirus pandemic which has led to several challenges and working against the pandemic is another challenge in itself.

“We are in a worldwide pandemic – faced with several challenges. It’s sad to see another big tournament being affected – however, it’s the right decision taken at this point. It’s important to understand nothing can be water-tight and working against a pandemic is challenging itself,” Azhar tweeted.

Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be Covid positive in the third round of testing (Courtesy of BCCI)
Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be Covid positive in the third round of testing (Courtesy of BCCI)

The spike of positive cases in the bio-bubble had already resulted in the postponement of two IPL games earlier. Monday’s KKR vs RCB clash was rescheduled after spinner Varun Chakravarthy and pacer Sandeep Warrier returned with positive results. Later, the CSK vs RR fixture, which was supposed to be played on May 6, was also rescheduled after a couple of fresh cases were reported from the CSK camp.

IPL 2021 Postponed After Wriddhiman Saha And Amit Mishra Tested Positive After 2 KKR Players Were Infected By The Virus

However, the governing bodies were forced to take the massive step as two more players – SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha and DC’s Amit Mishra were infected by the virus. The league organizers also issued a formal statement and said that the safety of its players and staff is paramount.

“The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect,” the statement read.

File photos of Delhi Capitals' Amit Mishra (left) with SRH's Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source : IPLT20.COM
File photos of Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra (left) with SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source: IPLT20.COM

“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and well-being of all the stakeholders in mind,” it added.

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended by The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Tuesday, due to at least six covid-19 cases in 4 franchises. Azhar Mahmood is despondent “to see another big tournament” being halted due to the virus – referring to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021, which was also suspended early in March after 14 matches following an outbreak of cases among players and support staff.

However, Azhar Mahmood, who had played for the Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL on a British passport, feels that the BCCI has taken the right decision to halt the IPL. While the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to resume the PSL 2021 on June 1st in Karachi, the BCCI would have to reschedule the IPL 2021.

Arun Dhumal
Arun Dhumal, Treasurer of BCCI Photo by: Arjun Singh / Sportzpics for BCCI
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Had BCCI Known Condition Would Deteriorate, IPL 2021 Would Have Been Overseas: Arun Dhumal

Arun Dhumal, BCCI treasurer spoke on IPL 2021 being suspended indefinitely in a chat with The Indian Express,  and several other issues pertaining to IPL.

The BCCI officials endured some sleepless nights with Covid-19 cases coming over the last few days. With several members among IPL franchises testing positive, the Board had no option but to postpone the tournament.

BCCI Treasurer Arun Dumal : Amey Mansabdar
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal | Amey Mansabdar

Arun Dhumal: Safety Was The Paramount Concern

The latest development to trigger a total rethink on the ongoing IPL 2021 tournament is the positive COVID-19 test result of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra.

The development comes after the Wednesday game between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals was postponed after CSK bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji tested positive. On Monday, the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was also postponed after KKR bowlers Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy tested positive.

“We were continuously reviewing the situation with regards to Covid-19 and safety of the players. We had two cases first and then got news that an official and another member of the franchise had been infected. So, keeping health and safety in mind, it was best to postpone the tournament. Nothing else matters for us other than safety, it’s the paramount concern,” said Arun Dhumal on last few days.

“The BCCI was worried and we were trying to find out how it happened. The first case we got to know was of Varun Chakravarthy. He was supposed to go for a scan. We felt he might have got infected. Then a second case came in. Now rather than finding out how it happened, all felt that first, we should make everyone safe and secure. Safety, at this moment, is paramount for us,”said Arun Dhumal on the reaction of BCCI when it was learned Covid had entered bio-bubble.

Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)

“BCCI secretary (Jay Shah) was in touch with everyone, so was IPL chairman (Brijesh Patel). The secretary briefed us about the situation. He told us what was happening and what we can do now. He suggested that looking at the situation, it was better to postpone. Everyone agreed with the secretary’s view,” said Arun Dhumal on discussion in the emergency meeting.

On Monday, two members of the Chennai Super Kings’ IPL contingent too – bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, and a bus cleaner – had tested positive for Covid-19. CEO Kasi Viswanathan’s second report came negative in the evening. However, Laxmipathy Balaji and the team driver continued to be positive.

Arun Dhumal: IPL Could Have Been Held Overseas If BCCI Had Known Condition Would Deteriorate After A Successful England Series

IPL 2021– the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was played across 6 venues in India from April 9 to May 30. Chennai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru were the venues selected by the BCCI.

“In a normal scenario, we would have had more venues, like Indore and Pune. They also used to host IPL games. When we were conducting the England series, everything went so smoothly that we thought that it’s time to take cricket back to each zone.”

“We all thought that after what the country went through in 2020, the IPL will boost the spirit of the country. When the England series was conducted in Ahmedabad, Chennai and Pune, the situation was far better. As things went so smoothly, we all were quite confident that we will be able to conduct the IPL smoothly. Had we known, we could have held the IPL overseas,” said he on picking several venues.

“It was never discussed then because nobody knew what was coming. When we started, Mumbai was the worst- affected city. Then too, there would have been criticism. At that point in time, this was the best option we had,” said Arun Dhumal on helding IPL in one city only.

“Shifting the IPL back to Mumbai wasn’t viable or possible in such a short span of time. Setting up a new bubble takes around 14 days. Any city can see a spike at any point, “said Arun Dhumal rejecting any discussion held regarding shifting of IPL to Mumbai after positive cases arising.

Rajiv Shukla File photo | Twitter
Rajiv Shukla-File photo | Twitter

“There are people who are experts in criticizing. We believe in doing the best we can. It’s a hallmark of BCCI and we tried our best. We don’t go by people’s criticism. We gave it our best shot,” said Arun Dhumal on criticizm of having IPL during Covid-19.

“The IPL is not complete until our players and officials reach their homes safe and secure. We are working on that and will come out with a detailed plan in two days,” on sending foreign players home.

“We haven’t discussed anything as all our focus is now on ensuring players, support staff and officials reach home safely. When a window is available, we will hold it,” on resumption of IPL 2021.

“At this point, it’s the least of our concerns. We are not thinking about it,” on revenue loss.

The IPL 2021 season had to be suspended after 29 games in the campaign. IPL Governing Council chairman, Brijesh Patel, has confirmed that the BCCI is looking at pre and post-T20 World Cup windows to organize the remaining IPL 2021 games. Brijesh Patel said that the remaining 31 games of IPL 2021 are likely to either be held before this year’s T20 World Cup or after it. BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla has clarified that IPL 2021 has not been cancelled, it has only been suspended indefinitely.

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IPL 2021 Staged In India Was A Mistake: Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain, former England captain says the players couldn’t have turned a blind eye to whatever is happening in the country, but the gravity of the situation rightly calls for the postponement of the IPL 2021.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels the growing concern surrounded the extent of Covid-19 in India left the BCCI with no other option than to suspend the Indian Premier League 2021 indefinitely with immediate effect.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nasser Hussain: There Wasn’t Any Other Option Left So IPL 2021 Was Called Off After Bio Bubble Breach

With India reporting over 3,50,000 cases straight over the last 10 days, the virus managed to make its way inside the IPL bio-bubble affecting players and support staff of four different teams. Nasser Hussain says the players couldn’t have turned a blind eye to whatever is happening in the country – evident through the contributions and donations they were making, but the gravity of the situation rightly calls for the postponement of the IPL 2021.

File photos of Delhi Capitals' Amit Mishra (left) with SRH's Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source : IPLT20.COM
File photos of Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra (left) with SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source: IPLT20.COM

“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,” Hussain wrote in the Daily Mail.

“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. 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 latest development to trigger a total rethink on the IPL 2021 tournament is the positive COVID-19 test result of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra. The development comes after Wednesday’s IPL 2021 game between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals was postponed after CSK bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji tested positive for the virus.

On Monday, the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was also postponed after KKR bowlers Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy tested positive for the infection.

Nasser Hussain: Mistake Was Made In Having IPL 2021 In India As 6 Months Ago IPL Was Staged In UAE And It Went Brilliantly

Nasser Hussain feels that like 2020, it would have been best had the IPL been hosted in the UAE. The BCCI successfully staged the IPL across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah, and while there were certain Covid cases reported there as well, the tournament went on smoothly without much hassle. Nasser Hussain called staging the IPL in India a ‘mistake’ although he understood where the decision might have stemmed from.

“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. Covid rates were low and no bubbles were compromised. They could have returned there,” Hussain added.

“Yes, it is easy to say that with hindsight. And India clearly did feel they were through the worst of the virus when they decided to stage this year’s competition.”

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE (Image Credit: Twitter)

A BCCI official has revealed that IPL Governing Council had proposed BCCI ahead of IPL 2021 to shift the entire tournament to UAE from India. However, BCCI wanted to conduct IPL 2021 in India and went ahead with that decision. BCCI used many precautions to conduct IPL 2021 matches safely, however, the Covid-19 has affected the tournament now.

UAE has been a safer place than India and many other countries amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year, IPL 2020 was conducted in UAE during October-November due to the Covid-19 pandemic in India. The matches were held at three venues in Sharjah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. IPL 2020 was quite successful in UAE as no matches were cancelled or postponed during IPL 2020.

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