IPL 2021: As IPL is indefinitely suspended, let’s look at how the world reacted
With multiple COVID-19 positive cases in various IPL franchises, IPL was suspended. Many were in support of the decision and felt it was the right thing to do.
As many as six cases of COVID-19 from four IPL teams, it was clear that IPL wasn’t breathing easy. IPL for this year has been suspended with immediate effect (Tuesday). Here is what former players, cricket analysts, and office bearers had to say on IPL’s suspension.
“CA is in direct contact with the BCCI as they work through plans to ensure the safe accommodation and repatriation of Australian players, coaches, match officials, and commentators back home to Australia.
CA and the ACA respect the decision of the Australian Government to pause travel from India until at least May 15 and will not seek exemptions.”
– Cricket Australia
“We stand by our word that for us, 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”
“Who would have imagined such a situation will arise? Had we known, we could have held the IPL overseas. It was during the time when things were getting normal that we took the call. We were quite confident that we will pull it off.”
– Arun Dhumal, BCCI Treasurer
“One thing I want to make very clear – it has not been canceled. It has been postponed, suspended, and deferred. The remaining part of this IPL will happen. In the due course, when the COVID situation improves, a decision will be taken about it”
– Rajeev Shukla, BCCI Vice-President
“I guess it became inevitable in the last couple of days…..Look forward to calling the action in happier times. The #IPL is a great event and I hope it returns stronger when the world is what we knew it to be”
– Harsha Bhogle, Cricket Commentator and Journalist
“Seems a very sensible decision to postpone the IPL. Now cases have started to appear inside the bubble they had no other option .. Hope everyone stays safe in India and all the overseas players can find a way back to their families…#IPL2021″
– Michael Vaughan, Former England Captain turned Commentator
India – it’s heartbreaking to see a country I love so much suffering!
You WILL get through this!
You WILL be stronger coming out of this!
Your kindness & generosity NEVER goes unnoticed even during this crisis!
– Kevin Pietersen, former England Player turned Commentator
– David Hussey, Former Australian Player, and Cricket Coach
“In view of the COVID crisis in India and with players testing positive, the postponement of IPL with immediate effect is the correct course of action taken by @BCCI and the IPL governing council.
Hope to see IPL back soon in better & safe environment.
– Mohammed Azharuddin, Former Cricket Captain of India, Member of Parliament-Lok Sabha
COVID doesn’t care.
It has no favorites.
Get well to those sick and hopefully, everyone else will get home safe and in good health.
– Dale Steyn, Former South African Bowler and RCB Bowler
“Let’s fight it out”
– Deepak Chahar, India, and CSK Pacer
KKR’s bowlers Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. SRH’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha too tested positive along with Delhi Capital’s spinner Amit Mishra.
CSK’s bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and batting coach Michael Hussey had positive reports on Monday and Tuesday respectively.